It’s a scene that often plays out in countless emergency rooms: a patient with an immediate medical concern makes a late night trip to the emergency room only to wait and wait, watching minutes turn to hours as they wait for their name to be called and to be seen by an emergency room doctor.
While going to the ER can be a quick fix, those who go could be in for a long wait to see an emergency room doctor. The average time spent waiting in the ER increased from 46.5 minutes to 58.1 minutes from 2003 to 2009. Not only are visitors left in physical pain from long waits, they could be left feeling financial pain as well. According to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the average ER visitor pays anywhere from $615 to $1,318 per visit.
With the cost of ER visits on the rise and long wait times, urgent care facilities offer patients many options when it comes to finding a quicker and more cost-effective way to be treated. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, an e
We all know how awful it is when we have an accident or someone we care for is hurt or doesn’t feel good. It is so unpleasant when we have to make an emergency trip for medical help. And any time a sudden medical issue comes up, it’s always inconvenient and it’s always scary. Naturally, these situations occur off hours, like in the middle of the night, or on holidays and weekend when local urgent care centers are not open.
Fortunately there is such a thing as an immediate clinic, which is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. But how do you know what is treated in an immediate clinic? Will the clinic be able to give you the help you need for your specific medical problem? Here is an overview of what you can expect to find at a clinic such as this, when you have a medical emergency and it is not feasible or advisable or practical to visit an emergency room.
First of all, let’s start with accidents and injuries. A clinic will treat sports injuries and Worker’s Comp injuries
When you’re feeling a bit under the weather in terms of your health and overall well being, what’s the first thing that you do? Do try to listen to your body’s needs in the form of symptoms or do you seek to dull the pain with over the counter medication? Do you slow down and rest or do you plow through and hope whatever it is goes away as soon as possible? Do you reach for a pill bottle or do you increase your intake of water? Do you seek medical help in the form of a doctor or another medical professional or do you walk into the produce section of your local grocery store to find foods that will naturally boost your immunity?
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Do you know the difference between the health care services emergency room doctors, primary care providers, and urgent care providers offer? All health care services aren’t created equal, and some can be more appropriate than others depending on the nature of your illness or injury. However, understanding these difference is critical in that it can not only save you money, but may even save your life as well.
Many emergency room doctors harbor concerns over patient confusion in terms of seeking the appropriate level of care for their conditions. In fact, an online poll conducted last year by the American College of Emergency Physicians revealed that the overwhelming majority — 75% — of emergency room