• The Benefits of Visiting an Urgent Care Center Over an ER

    on Dec 14th, 2017


When you aren't feeling well, waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment with your doctor can be frustrating, and even worse is waiting hours upon hours in an emergency room that is packed full with others who are extremely sick. Luckily, there is now a much better alternative to these undesirable options: urgent care centers. Urgent care facilities like AccuHealth were created to allow patients to be treated for non life-threatening injuries and illnesses in a convenient manner centered around patients’ needs. There are several benefits to utilizing an urgent care center as opposed to seeing a primary doctor or making a trip to the emergency room. 

Urgent Care Centers are More Affordable

If you twist your ankle or have a severe sore throat and it’s the weekend or after normal business hours, you were previously relegated to an emergency room to get treated. Emergency rooms are not only overwhelming and stressful, but they are also extremely costly. The National Center for Health Statistics shows that the average emergency room visit costs over $1,000 while the average urgent care visit is just $150 for similar services. In addition, co-pays are much more reasonable for an urgent care center than an ER. Typically, depending on your insurance carrier, you can save 50% or more on just your co-pay alone by visiting an urgent care. And, if you don’t have insurance, that’s not a problem. AccuHealth offers a flexible cash payment options so you can still be seen. It is much more affordable than trying to pay an ER bill. The medical professionals who work at urgent care facilities like ours are highly skilled and trained and they are just as capable of treating your illness or injury effectively at a fraction of the cost. 

Urgent Care Centers are More Convenient

In addition to saving money, you can also save time by going to an urgent care center like ours. Urgent care facilities are always readily available and there's probably one closer to your home than a hospital, with easier parking and less hassle. In addition, the hours of operation offer more convenient options than a regular doctor’s office. AccuHealth is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year (even on holidays) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., so you can be seen whenever your illness strikes You can simply walk in, as no appointments are required, or you can make an appointment if that fits your needs, because the sole priority is patient convenience. While you will usually wait several hours to be seen in the ER, urgent cares offer much quicker wait times, with patients often being seen in just 15 minutes. Urgent care facilities also provide a variety of on-site testing that your typical doctor's office is typically unable to perform. Labs can be drawn right here on-site, as well as x-rays, EKGs, suturing, and splinting. In addition, medication can be dispensed, if necessary. This way, everything is taken care of in one place and you are not making multiple trips or trying to squeeze in other appointments in your already busy schedule.

Urgent Care Centers are Laid Back and Family Friendly

Emergency rooms can be frightening and intimidating, especially for children. Between the sirens, doctors racing around, and those with critical or life-threatening injuries being wheeled by, it's not exactly a laid back environment. It can be off-putting to go to such a threatening place. Urgent care centers like ours present a very calm atmosphere so that children and adults alike feel comfortable, relaxed, and at-ease. Although the medical professionals at our practice will be working hard to help you, you will not feel as though everything is tense or being rushed, which is often how things feel at a hospital ER. We can treat several different issues that range from migraines to diarrhea and ear infections to sutures and STD testing, amongst a variety of other conditions. Our staff is here to guide you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you have while quickly and effectively addressing your problems and guiding you back to wellness.

Conclusion

Rather than racking up a hefty hospital bill, waiting hours on end in nerve-wracking hospital, or trying to get your doctor’s office to squeeze you in for an appointment, stop in to AccuHealth Urgent Care or call ahead to make an appointment at your convenience. If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, an urgent care facility is going to be the best option for your time, money, and quality of patient care. Our warm and friendly staff of professionals at AccuHealth will be able to quickly diagnose your condition and treat you effectively so that you can get back to feeling like yourself in no time!

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