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Old 03-19-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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Default Cheap Doctor Visit???????

Hi I had a quick question. My girlfriend and I just moved to Raleigh and do not have health insurance until May 1. She needs to see a doctor to just get a prescription for a medication that she has been taking for the last 6 months. (Her doctor back home will not call it in without seeing her).

What are her best options? Any recommended walk in clinics or docs? We will be paying out of pocket and would like to keep the cost as low as possible.

Thanks
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:26 AM
 
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One option would be the local health department. I had a similar situation (though it was several years ago) when I was living in Durham and it was relatively quick, and cheaper than I expected. Call the health dept in the county where you're living.

Second option would be Minute Clinics. They are located inside many CVS stores in the triangle and offer cash-based service, generally from a nurse practitioner. Unless you're looking for a controlled substance, this might be the easiest option!

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Link for finding nearest minute clinic:
MinuteClinic Locations in North Carolina (NC)
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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There are public health clinics:
WakeGOV.com - Health Clinics
also private urgent care clinics:
Accent Urgent Care & After Hours Pediatrics
There's also a Minute Clinic inside the CVS at 2340 Spring Forest Rd:
Treatment and Cost in Clinic Raleigh, Raleigh-Durham Area, NC (and elsewhere in the triangle)

You could also try Planned Parenthood--they provide general wellness care to women. There's a location in Raleigh on Boyland Ave.--not sure what they charge...
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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Second option would be Minute Clinics. They are located inside many CVS stores in the triangle and offer cash-based service, generally from a nurse practitioner. Unless you're looking for a controlled substance, this might be the easiest option!
I take it nurse practitioners can not prescribe vicodin?? My girlfriend has been taking it for a nerve condition, has prescriptions, proper documentation, etc. I would just call the clinic but that sounds a bit shady/like I was doctor shopping. If they can not we will prob just go to an urgent care facility and see an MD.

Thanks for the suggestions Chicky and dcgrl.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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Another option is Wake Health Services, Wake Health Services . They are a non-profit Community Health Organization. They have a sliding scale for those who are not insured or on Medicaid.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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I take it nurse practitioners can not prescribe vicodin?? My girlfriend has been taking it for a nerve condition, has prescriptions, proper documentation, etc. I would just call the clinic but that sounds a bit shady/like I was doctor shopping. If they can not we will prob just go to an urgent care facility and see an MD.

Thanks for the suggestions Chicky and dcgrl.
NP's can prescribe Vicodin, but keep in mind it is a Class III narcotic. You may have a hard time finding someone willing to refill this prescription for a non established patient.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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Yep, that's exactly what I meant - they can, but I don't know that they will. A minute clinic would be an easy, inexpensive solution, but I don't know that a prescription like that is within their range of services. They have a fairly limited range in order to keep costs low and waits short. In your case, the local health department is probably going to be your best option, but it still might be a tough sell. Take her records with you!
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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Try my doctor, North Raleigh Medical Center on Falls of the Neuse. Combines family practice and urgent care with MD's and PA's.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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my dad has been haveing really bad pain in his right knee i live in lakeland if you have any answers please reply at [email]davisjillian10@yahoo.com[/email]
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Knightdale, NC
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my dad has been haveing really bad pain in his right knee i live in lakeland if you have any answers please reply at davisjillian10@yahoo.com
Make an appointment with an orthopaedic doc! Or family practitioner if no ortho doc nearby.
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