When you need care right away, the emergency room isn't your only option. If the situation isn't life-threatening, an urgent care center may be able to provide the care you need more quickly - and at a much lower cost.
When to consider Urgent Care
Cold and flu
Sprains and strains
Cuts and stitches
Sore throat, ears, or eyes
When to consider Emergency Room
Shortness of breath
Head or abdominal pain
Overdose or chemical ingestion
Up to 80% of all ER visits could be handled by an Urgent Care4
1 Debt.org, "Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers," Bill Fay, June 6, 2017
2 Urgent Care Association of America, "20 Things to Know about Urgent Care," Becker's Hospital, February 15, 2016
3 American College of Emergency Physicians, "Emergency Department Wait Times, Crowding and Access Fact Sheet," 2016
4 Nextcare, "Know when to go to Urgent Care vs. ER" https://nextcare.com/plan-your-visit/whynextcare/er-vs-urgent-care/ (Accessed January 10, 2018)
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