The Many Benefits of Urgent Care

You find yourself suddenly ill. Is it a good idea to go to urgent care or the ER? Urgent care offers a variety of benefits to those who need quick and convenient care. Most urgent care centers are equipped to help you with non-life threatening conditions like strep throat, UTIs, insect bites, and mild allergic reactions.

At Physicians Medical Urgent Care, Dr. Ines Munoz De Laborde and Dr. Sveltlana Burkhead can provide quick and affordable urgent care when you need it most. 

Why do you need to go to urgent care?

Urgent care is a quick and convenient place to receive medical care for non-life threatening conditions. Most urgent care centers do not require an appointment, meaning you can walk in at your convenience and leave within hours.

Each year in the United States, about 40% of people who visit an ER could have visited an urgent care center. Urgent care facilities usually have shorter wait times and more affordable health costs. In fact, the typical copay at urgent care ranges between $25 and $75 depending on your insurance provider. 

Most urgent care centers offer doctor care for all appointments. Some centers staff physician assistants or Nurse Practitioners to complete exams or assist the doctor.

What urgent care doctors treat 

Urgent care doctors can provide a range of services if you’re feeling ill. There are, however, some conditions and symptoms that may require you to head to the ER.

If it is a life-threatening injury that requires more serious medical treatment, the ER should be your first destination. These symptoms include high blood pressure, fever, uncontrollable vomiting, a heart attack, or serious injuries due to car accidents. 

On the other hand, there are common symptoms and conditions that can be treated at urgent care. Physicians Medical Urgent Care offers treatment for a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including:

Upon arriving, your doctor can evaluate your condition. If you have a problem that can be treated by an urgent care doctor, you can expect to receive treatment right on the spot. If your condition is more serious and requires more care or specialized equipment, you may be sent directly to the ER or your primary doctor's office.

The benefits of urgent care

The benefits of urgent care are clear and include:

Affordability

One of the biggest reasons someone may opt for an urgent care center is because of the affordability. Nearly all procedures are covered by insurance and may cost about $100-$150 per patient. Average emergency room costs can range depending on the treatment, but a Health Care Cost Institute study put the average cost at $1,389. 

Quick and convenient care

When your condition isn’t serious, urgent care centers are the place to visit. No need to head to the ER and acquire more expensive medical bills when the urgent care can treat you for much less. There are locations all across the country so it’s relatively easy to find a location that is within driving distance. Our practice also offers flexible scheduling, including extended hours and walk-in appointments.

Lab services

Some urgent care centers offer lab services and lab work. You may need lab work after an infection diagnosis, STD, screening or for a blood panel, pregnancy tests, rapid flu, rapid mono, and urinalysis testing. Most urgent care centers offer the same lab work services you may receive at your primary care doctor. 

Urgent care offers a wide range of benefits to those interested in quick, affordable care. Urgent care locations can provide you with relief when you need it most.

Visit our urgent care location at Physicians Medical Urgent Care. Book online and visit the doctors at Physicians Medical Urgent Care for convenient, affordable and holistic care for common diagnoses.

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