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To Cut Wait Times, VA Tries MinuteClinics In Northern California
National Public Radio

Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans.

The experiment begins today at the VA’s operations in Palo Alto, Calif.

Veterans can visit 14 CVS MinuteClinics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, where staff will treat them for conditions such as respiratory infections, order lab tests and prescribe medications which can be filled at CVS pharmacies.

The care will be free for veterans, and the VA will reimburse CVS for the treatment and medications. Whether the partnership will spread to other VA locales isn’t yet clear.

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