Urgent Care Facilities

July 25, 2014

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With the rising costs of medical care it is important to be a smart healthcare consumer. Urgent care facilities can be a great alternative to going to an Emergency Room which normally have high prices associated with them.

An Emergency room in usually attached to a hospital and runs twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. An ER is where to go in emergency situations or if you need an ambulance. However if are in a nonlife threatening situation an urgent care facility can be a smart alternative.

Urgent care facilities are not always open 24 hours a day but often have extended hours. Many of these facilities offer X-rays, basic laboratory services, proscribe prescriptions, and more.  There is no appointment necessary for urgent care facilities.

The average cost of an ER visit in 2009 for a middle ear infection, pharyngitis and urinary tract infection was $570 dollars. The same study looked at the cost for the same illnesses treated at urgent care facilities and found the average was $155. By planning ahead and knowing where an urgent care facility is near you, you can plan ahead and save money!

If you ever are in need of emergency medical care don’t wait to seek help. But plan ahead! Know where your closest urgent care facility is located, as well as an ER, so you can be prepared in an emergency situation.

Urgent care facilities are an underutilized cost saving alternative to expensive ER visits. Learn more about urgent care so you can make the right decision in an emergency situation! 

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This is the first I have ever heard about the differences between urgent care facilities and the ER. When I had previously hear of the term, I had believed it to be synonymous with the emergency room. I've actually been working in the healthcare industry for some time now (in the department of senior home health) and while we normally never have to deal with such circumstances dirctly ourselves, our clients (mostly seniors) do sometimes have to be admitted. This is a useful topic to share, expecially for some of our clients who may be looking to save money. Thanks for sharing this clarification! Will share! 

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