In case of emergency, we all know what number to call or where to drive to, as fast as possible: 911, and the emergency room. But you’d be surprised how many people there are that don’t go to the emergency room for dramatic accidents. In fact, of the estimated 110 patients who visit urgent care centers or the ER every week, a study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five were not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, but said that they sought out health care at the ER because their physicians offices were closed.
This is true for many people — only about 29% of primary care doctors have after-hours coverage. When there are no urgent care centers around, or people don’t k