Those who need medical attention — but whose family practice doctors don’t have time to make an appointment — would be wise to avoid the emergency room. There are urgent care centers out there that are far more suitable options. Here’s how.
They’re Faster. – Emergency rooms order their patients based on the severity of their injury and illness. If you only need a few stitches, and people with more serious wounds continue coming in, they’re going to go before you. Urgent care centers have far shorter waiting periods, and will be able to get you in front of a doctor far faster. The Urgent Care Association of America reports that 80% of patients who go to one of their centers sees a doctor within 15 minutes at most.
They’re More Affordable. – Emergency rooms aren’t cheap. To have an earache, a sore throat, or a case of pink eye taken care of at an ER, it would respectively cost $400, $525, and $370. At urgent care, those same treatments would only respectively cost about $110, $94, or $102.
They Can Perform Lab Services. – Doctors don’t typically have the equipment needed to do X-rays and perform other lab services. Instead, they take samples, and send them off, or make referrals. Urgent care centers, on the other hand, are much more likely to be able to take X-rays right then and there, and many — 69.3% in fact — provide drug testing services for employment purposes, as well.
If you need medical attention, and it’s not an emergency, go to an urgent care center. They’re faster, and more affordable. Plus, urgent care doctors have the equipment to quickly handle situations that many doctors don’t.
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