What is urgent care to you? What does it mean to your life that the way medicine is being practiced in the United States is changing? The truth is, you might not have even thought much about it. You likely have a regular doctor you visit when you are ill, but what about health problems that arise when your doctor’s office is closed and the emergency room is too costly?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that just under half of all adults who visit the emergency room who were not ill enough to be admitted to the hospital came into the ER because their regular doctor’s office was closed. Urgent care centers are popping up all over the United States and are filling the gap be
If you ever find yourself needing immediate medical care, one thing you might want to consider is going to an urgent care center rather than an emergency room (ER). Urgent care units are generally smaller than ERs but are just as effective for treating most medical emergencies. It is always advisable to go to an ER for life threatening conditions but for everything else, urgent health clinics will do just fine.
There are many similarities between ERs and urgent care clinics — but what about the differences? Here are two features of walk in medical clinics that make going to one much more appealing than heading to the ER: