Urgent Care Centers are quickly becoming a staple of modern communities. You can find them easily and quickly just by driving around town. But there are a few things to consider before stepping into one.
Urgent Care Centers are purposed for minor medical emergencies, lab work and vaccinations. They are mostly walk-in facilities, meaning you don’t need to make an appointment before you go. At many locations you can even check in online to reduce your wait time.
It might be a good idea to find an urgent care near you before you become ill or in need of medical attention in preparation. But not every urgent care center is created equal. Some specialize in pediatrics and others specialize in women’s health.
While every urgent care center does staff doctors, you might not necessarily see one. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are also staffed and able to treat patients. You should also know when to go. Check the clinic’s hours, but if you have a life-threatening emergency, go to the emergency room for advanced treatment.
All in all, urgent care centers are convenient, affordable, and could provide a quick and temporary alternative to your primary physician in a pinch for minor medical needs. Just make sure it’s covered by your insurance before you go.
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.healthline.com/health/right-care-right-time/know-before-you-go#takeaway
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