Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic for this post. All opinions are my own (and my best friend’s, but you’ll see that if you keep reading.)
When I was a kid, I attended two different summer camps. One was a day camp at the JCC (in New York, where my stepmom worked.) The other camp was a sleep-away camp. It was a Methodist camp and my grandma’s church often helped pay my way to attend.
Before each summer, I was required to have a physical. If I hadn’t already had one for sports (or sometimes they didn’t accept the sports physical – don’t ask me why), my mom would have to schedule an appointment to take time off from her work day to get me to the doctor. Same with my brother, since he also went to the JCC camp (so two appointments, not always on the same day.) It was the most inconvenient thing, but it was necessary.
My best friend, Missy, has two daughters. Both are very active and in sports/camps/extracurricular activities. I was offered a voucher for a camp physical, and had it sent for Victoria (the oldest of the two girls.) Missy stopped by one of the two CVS MinuteClinics on our side of town after work yesterday to get Victoria’s physical done.
The whole process she said was pretty easy. They had to wait a few minutes because the nurse practitioner was working with someone else when they arrived at 5:15. And then they started going through the required questions for the physical. (The sports physical is different from a camp physical in that your insurance company may be involved. In Victoria’s case, she’s also under the care of a primary physician because of a recent injury, so they weren’t able to complete that type of physical.) Victoria may be heading to a sports camp in a few weeks, so they continued on with the camp physical questions. The camp physical is apparently easier to get (not as many questions.) I had no idea there was a difference!
They were done around 6 p.m. So only 45 minutes from the time they arrived and walked out of the MinuteClinic. Missy said it was so convenient, and such a better option than what she’s worked with in the past.
Right now, MinuteClinic is offering $20 off camp physicals. Again, another great deal (Missy said she normally pays around $120 for a physical for the girls. Even at regular price, MinuteClinic was a much better deal.) The price for camp physicals currently is $39 (regular price is $59.) So not only did she save time, she saved money. And she didn’t have to take time off work!
It’s not always easy to get your kid to see a doctor. I know this from sick visits with my son. And I don’t know how my mom managed everything as a single mom of two kids. Parents are fortunate these days, as there are services geared towards making life a little easier. Take CVS MinuteClinic. I have two within a fairly short driving distance. With the CVS MinuteClinic, an appointment isn’t even necessary. And you could even get one done on the weekend. Such a novel idea when you’re a parent (especially if you’re kids are playing sports on top of going to school.)
Do you have camp-age children? Have they had to get their camp physical yet? I’m a couple of years away from sending my son to a summer camp, and I’m hoping there is still a service like MinuteClinic around to help me out!
This is a sponsored post. I have received product from MinuteClinic, including a voucher to cover the camp physical. All opinions are my own.