Frequently Ask Questions
exactly is an urgent care?
Urgent care centers provide treatment for the non-life threatening illnesses
and injuries that occur on a day-to-day basis. They are equipped to serve
the entire family including children and can handle a variety of conditions
ranging from sinusitis and pneumonia to lacerations and fractures. Generally,
most urgent care centers are open seven days a week with hours extending
into the evening. Additionally, patients seeking medical attention or
advice should not have to make appointments at urgent care centers.
I use the urgent care instead of my family doctor?
The urgent care center is a great option if you have an urgent medical
condition that you feel needs immediate attention at that time. If your
family doctor is neither available nor equipped to handle the situation,
urgent care might be a suitable alternative. With the majority of the
urgent care doctors having extensive emergency room experience, urgent
care centers work closely with patients to ensure that all appropriate
records are transferred to local family physician.
does urgent care differ from the emergency room?
There are several main differences between urgent care centers and the
emergency room. Emergency rooms are staffed 24 hours a day and are designed
to treat patients suffering from life threatening injuries or serious
illnesses. In contrast, urgent care centers are designed to lighten the
load on local emergency rooms by treating non-life threatening injuries
(lacerations, mild fractures, etc.) and illnesses (earaches, influenza,
rashes, etc.) in a patient friendly environment.
should I utilize an urgent care treatment center?
The urgent care centers should be used for any non-life threatening medical
illness or injury that you deem urgent. It is best to receive direct attention
rather than waiting hours, days or weeks to be seen. Since most urgent
care centers have extended evening hours beyond those of family doctors,
they are excellent options for late day, evening and weekend medical problems.
my medical insurance be accepted?
Most major urgent care centers are contracted with a variety of insurance
companies. Often, co-pays are higher than that of a family physicians
office due to the accessibility. However, urgent care centers generally
have lower co-pays than that of an emergency room.