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Health Plus: Walk-in clinics popular choice for sick eastern Iowans


When you get sick, chances are it's not during regular business hours.

That's what makes walk-in clinics so popular, especially with working moms and dads in eastern Iowa.

Here's Health Plus with more about convenient care.

As a college student, Anna Pinneke doesn't want to disrupt her schedule.

So when she's sick the 20-year-old from garner uses Covenant's Arrowhead Medical Center in Cedar Falls because you don't need an appointment.

"Well they said that the doctor's out-of-town so then I just came over here 'cause it was just quicker," she said.

Doctors say convenient care has a two-pronged effect.

It fulfills patients' needs and federal health requirements for community outreach.

"You got to be able to increase access for folks to health care services and being the traditional model of clinic services is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday isn't adequate, hasn't been adequate for many years, but especially now with the federal government reform measures that were enacted in 2010," said Dr. Steve Tarr, Medical Director.

This clinic off Greenhill Road in Cedar Falls sees some fifty patients daily.

"A lot of families now with both husband and wife working don't have time and can't take time away from work during the week days so we see a lot of those folks coming in evenings after they're done at work. We're open 'til 8pm and on Saturday and Sundays is a service that a lot of people appreciate," said Dr. Tarr.

It's a way to bypass the traditional system of having to make an appointment or wait to get in to a doctor.

"It's good 'cause like I don't have to worry about working around my classes 'cause I have a really demanding class schedule and I can come right here after class when it's convenient for me," said Anna.

Convenient care clinics in eastern Iowa also stay open on holidays.

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