Don't Waste Time at the ER

Don’t Waste Time at the ER

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Don't Waste Time at the ERDon’t Waste Time at the ER

When a health emergency arises, your first instinct may be to head to the emergency room. In many cases, however, a quick trip to a local urgent care center is a more viable alternative. By visiting Memorial Urgent Care instead of the ER, you can save yourself a lot of time and money. There are many situations in which it makes all kinds of sense to visit an urgent care clinic instead of the ER. Learn more about them below.

When to Visit an Urgent Care Clinic

Many health crises are urgent enough to require immediate medical attention but not urgent enough to warrant a trip to the ER. Examples include:

  • Broken bones and sprains
  • Flu and fever
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Splints and stitches

·  Burns, cuts and bites

Your local urgent care clinic is fully capable of handling these types of emergencies, and you can avoid a lot of expense and hassle by heading there instead of to the ER.

Advantages of Visiting an Urgent Care Clinic

As the name implies, an urgent care clinic is designed to provide care in urgent situations. It’s natural to assume that the ER is always the place to go, but that simply isn’t true. A few of the best reasons to visit an urgent care clinic instead of the ER include:

  • Save Time – At the local ER, you can expect to wait four hours or more before being seen by an ER doctor. At the local urgent care clinic, you’ll most likely wait an hour or less.
  • Save Money – With insurance, a typical copay at the ER is $100 or more, and this doesn’t include additional hospital fees that could set you back more than $1400.  Assuming your deductible is met for the year, your copay for an urgent care visit is typically around $50 and there are no additional hidden fees.  Without insurance or if you haven’t met your annual deductible, the average urgent care visit runs around $175 total.
  • Enjoy a More Inviting Environment – Urgent care clinics are less intimidating and frightening than emergency rooms. That’s especially true for children. In fact, there are often special children’s areas set up for young patients.

Save Money and Enjoy a Superior Level of Care

Research by Healthcore has shown that for every one visit to an urgent care clinic, there are 15 visits to ERs for the exact same problem. People stand to save hundreds of dollars per visit by going to urgent care instead of the ER. At Memorial Urgent Care, you can rest assured that you will enjoy an impeccable level of care in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The next time you or a loved one needs care quickly, pay a visit to urgent care instead of the ER.

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If you would like to learn more about urgent care, contact Jeana Olchowy. Follow her @jolchowy25.