If accidents and illness could be predicted, they wouldn’t exist and the human race could go about their lives confident in their health and well-being.
Unfortunately, this technology doesn’t exist quite yet, which means we will all continue waking up in the night with flu symptoms and spraining our ankles at the most inopportune times.
Luckily, walk-in clinics and urgent care centers have flourished since the 1970s so those moments can be handled quickly and easily, allowing you and your family to get back the more important things in life.
1. Find it fast.
Of course, in the event of a major health emergency, you will want to seek help from a nearby hospital as they have easy access to the diagnostic tools on site. However, if you or your loved one is suffering a non-life-threatening illness or injury, there’s no reason to trek to the one or two large emergency departments in the area.
Urgent care centers often send patients to other outside providers for labs, x-rays and other diagnostic tests following the initial exam. For this reason, their offices take up less space and more of them can exist in any given area making it easy to find one nearby.
2. No appointments.
Unlike your general physician’s office, the point of urgent care facilities are the treatment of mild to moderate emergent illnesses and injury. The doctors who open these clinics know how important it is to see a licensed medical provider in a timely fashion.
Private doctors are more useful for the prevention of illnesses and continued care following diagnosis. Urgent care clinics are there when you need them without the appointments and long waiting room visits of private doctor’s offices we’ve all come to loathe.
3. Protect your health.
As most know, hospitals and their emergency rooms are harbingers of bacteria and viruses. Exposure to some conditions, such as staphylococcus and the much-more threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have the potential to leave patients worse off than when they first arrived seeking treatment for a completely unrelated illness or injury.
With smaller clinics, urgent care centers see fewer patients at a time. Not only that, the facilities themselves are easier for staff to keep clean. The close-knit quarters and intimate nature of the staff often lead to a family-type feel among the staff in which everyone helps keep their business safe for patients.
4. Save money.
Feeling rushed to make decisions during a trip to the emergency room is a well-known fact. Unfortunately, this feeling can cause patients into hasty decisions when a physician suggests procedures or diagnostic testing. The same can be said about the end result as many emergency room patients forget they have the right to seek the opinion of another medical provider before accepting a diagnosis or line of treatment.
Urgent care clinics rarely have the on-site diagnostic equipment and the more intimate pace allows patients and their family members to consider all possible lines of diagnosis and treatment. Those who seek urgent care services are less likely to pay for unnecessary procedures. In addition, the fees associated with these visits are quite minimal in comparison to those of larger hospitals.
5. Get physical.
Finally getting that new job or finding out that your child has made the basketball team is an exciting moment. Until you find out that a trip to the doctor is required. Primary physicians rarely have appointments available on short notice, which could delay your recently laid plans.
Health screenings are fairly straightforward and don’t usually call for any treatments or test beyond the initial visit. Urgent care facilities are the best option for getting those physicals carried out in a quick and easy manner.
These days, there is no reason to risk your health or your finances when seeking simple medical care. Urgent care clinics are there for you and your family at a moment’s notice whether you are fallen ill or suffered a mild injury.