Brainerd, in Crow Wing County, has a population of over 13,000 people. Some of these people are in need of medical cannabis as a option to synthetic opioids.
While there are approximately 1200 doctors in Minnesota authorized to certify a patient’s qualifying condition so they can join the Medical Cannabis Registry, the overwhelming majority of them remain silent or are “invisible” because clinics fear they could lose managed care payments from federal streams of payment and pressure from prescription programs, as well as the fact it is hard to get clinics and doctors to adopt to a new way of approaching or thinking. “Fear of breaking the status quo”. But NOT the dedicated providers at Advacare Clinics. We support freedom of choice and are bringing our Satellite Medical Cannabis Certification program to Brainerd.
A few key points to remember:
The Minnesota Medical Cannabis Certification is a service that is not covered under any medical insurance and therefore is a cash only option. There is NO insurance that will cover this.
Travel from Brainerd to our Bloomington office will not be necessary, as we will soon be posting the Brainerd Cannabis Satellite Clinic dates and times.
We have established a simple and smooth process to build and review your health case file and get you established as an eligible patient for the use of medical cannabis in Minnesota. You do your part, and then we can do ours.
Here are the steps to get certified by one or our registered Advacare providers:
At this time, you can schedule an appointment by paying the $250.00 visit fee. We take checks (once cleared), cash or credit cards to hold your visit date and time. We will allow you the option to make a $150.00 down payment and then pay the balance (in cash), as we will not have the ability for CC or check payment at the location at your visit; however this increases the cost of the visit to $300.
The additional $150.00 would be due at the time of the appointment and you will not be seen if you come to the appointment without it. We really do not want to be handling money at these appointments; we’d rather focus on each scheduled patient. If you fail to come to the appointment, there are no refunds or rescheduling without another prepayment of the $150. In other words, if you paid the initial $250 and were to miss your appointment, you will be required to pay an additional $150 to reschedule.
MEDICATION (MEDICAL CANNABIS) IS NOT DISPENSED AT THIS TIME, THIS IS ONLY PART 1 OF OUR 2-PART PROCESS.
Part 2 is your registration with the State of Minnesota. Please visit this link for details and information on how to register. Please pay close attention to the steps outlined on this page.
Our years of experience in working with people who live with chronic pain has lead us to this decision to provide statewide options for medical cannabis certification. We look forward to helping you.
Dennis Lenselink, Clinic Administrator Advacare Clinics