3 Benefits of Urgent Care Treatment vs. Emergency Room Treatment
Have you ever found yourself sitting at your kitchen counter, jaw-dropped, staring at your ER bill for that broken toe? Perhaps you went in for treatment only to be denied based on the level of your condition. While emergency rooms and trauma centers are more qualified to handle major injuries and surgical procedures, your local urgent care clinic may be a better choice for those minor accidents or lingering illnesses. There are three main benefits of seeking treatment at your local urgent care facility.
Just because it is not a major research institution, does not mean that it skimps on quality. Most household injuries are not life-threatening, and urgent care facilities have the right equipment. They are staffed with experienced professionals who know how to handle a variety of common conditions including:
- Minor insect and animal bites
- Cough, flu, fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms
- Bone fractures and sprains
- Minor burns
- Ear Infections
- Mild allergic reactions
One of the greatest benefits of urgent care is that you receive quality treatment that is much cheaper than a hospital emergency department. Unless you have a serious condition or have suffered severe trauma, you will likely find that an urgent care provider is much easier on your wallet. Emergency room costs can be nearly 700% more expensive than the same quality treatment provided at an urgent care center.
Furthermore, your insurance company classifies urgent care facilities as primary care providers. As a result, you enjoy lower co-payments without those burdensome facility fees commonly seen in hospitals.
Finally, if the price tag doesn’t hook you, sheer convenience just might. The Urgent Care Association of America found that nearly 65% of patients experience waits of 20 minutes or less. Urgent care facilities tend to be much less crowded than a bustling ER. This not only saves your time, but it reduces the overall stress of seeing a doctor.
Moreover, urgent care is widely available. With 50-100 new clinics opening each year in the United States alone, there are nearly twice as many clinics as there are emergency rooms. Parents and suburbanites will be pleased to know that 75% of those clinics are found in suburban areas. You can schedule your appointment, drive to your appointment, enjoy your appointment, and be home in time for lunch.
Nearly half of emergency room applicants are denied admittance because of conditions that are not considered serious emergencies. Why not avoid the hassle and the cost of treatment for common injuries and regular ailments? Drive over to you local clinic to receive quality care for you and your family. If you’re still not convinced, check out this handy dandy infographic that lays it all out for you!