It has been more than six months since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched its National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. With a limited number of physicians authorized to give examinations, CVS Pharmacy may be a possibility for truckers. CVS’s MinuteClinic is now offering DOT physicals. There are more than 950 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
Professional drivers in need of a DOT physical can go to any CVS MinuteClinic location to receive an examination recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation to acquire a medical certificate. According to MinuteClinic’s Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano, M.D., virtually every practitioner has completed FMCSA training and can determine driver certification.
No appointments are needed for an examination. MinuteClinic spokesperson Brent Burkhardt informed Land Line that the average wait is 22 minutes. Weekends tend to be the busiest whereas middays during the week typically have shorter wait periods. Clinics are open seven days a week with weekday evening hours. Dr. Gagliano pointed out that many CVS locations have large parking lots or are part of shopping centers, so parking may not be an issue at these locations.
Dr. Gagliano also pointed out that for drivers who do not have primary care providers, CVS MinuteClinic can provide them with a list of local primary care providers who are accepting new patients. DOT physicals will cost $109, and follow-up visits will run $35. Insurance will not be accepted for DOT physicals, but most insurance will be accepted for other services provided by MinuteClinic.
For more information and locations, visit minuteclinic.com/dot.
As of press time, there are currently 40,512 medical examiners registered by the FMCSA. For more information and locations of NRCME health professionals, visit the website here.
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