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We have found that using the urgent care center is a great stop for unexpected illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening. Last Christmas my mom came to see our family and a lot of people were sick on the flight. Of course she picked up the germs and ended up with a terrible bout of the flu. As soon as she started to feel sick we took her to the urgent care center that was close to their hotel. They were able to give her something that reduced the time she was sick. My son came down with it next. Because my mom went before he did, they knew what it was and gave him medicine. He was sick even less than she was.
In fact I’ve used our local urgent care center a few times for different reasons from the flu to a sinus infection. It’s just so much easier to get in and out than other options we have. They are able to quickly see you at an urgent care center compared to waiting in the ER. Every time we’ve chosen to go to the Emergency Room we end up waiting forever to get in.
Urgent care centers allow you to consider the three c’s: care, convenience, and cost. Care: locations have the ability to evaluate the severity of your symptoms and identify what you may need. Convenience: they are located everywhere and have really great hours of operation. In the past decade, convenient healthcare options, urgent care, telemedicine, retails clinics, and on-site work clinics have increased in availability for a fraction of the price of a visit to the ER. Cost: You do need to make sure you understand what is covered by your insurance and know if there are any requirements such ass pre-authorization at different locations before you go. When seeking care for non-life or -limb threatening situations, you should make sure that the facility you’re visiting identifies itself as an urgent care or immediate care center, and not as an emergency department. You can find a conveniently located urgent care center near you using this www.whereisurgentcare.com.
Things to consider when selecting which type of On-Demand Healthcare….
Urgent Care Center
Urgent care centers provide a robust spectrum of care for immediate but non-emergency or life-threatening situations, treating everything from the flu and broken bones to asthma and concussion screening. Urgent cares are equipped to handle illnesses and injuries requiring X-rays, intravenous fluids and on-site lab tests. Focused on convenience, urgent cares offer short wait times and affordable care, with services covered by most insurance providers.
Retail clinics, or walk-in clinics, are typically found in local supermarkets or pharmacies, and offer a variety of wellness services for conditions less serious than those handled at urgent care centers or ERs. Retail clinics treat uncomplicated minor illnesses and provide preventative care such as vaccinations.
Telemedicine connects patients with providers for virtual visits regardless of distance, increasing access to care while reducing costs and travel time. Many healthcare organizations adopt telemedicine options to make better use of resources and reach a larger population of patients remotely. Urgent care centers, for example, use online telemedicine platforms to treat patients in rural communities, or for brief consultations and follow-ups that do not require in-person visits.
Many employers are now offering on-site clinics to their employees to increase access to health care. Similar to retail clinics, on-site clinics offer wellness and preventative services that vary per location.
It’s so important to know that you have options when choosing where to go when you are in need of medical care. It’s also important to understand how your insurance works at each of those locations. I personally love using Urgent Care and I’m interested in using telemedicine more often. Sometimes I just want an opinion and I’d hate to pay an entire office visit when I could have just logged into my computer to get medical advice.
What’s your go-to place for medical needs?