Healthcare Options Outside of the ER

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on July 13th, 2013. Posted in Everett walk in clinic, Urgent care lynnwood wa

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The rising cost of healthcare has given rise to a new breed of medical centers … family urgent care. The discrepancy in price is so significant, in fact (ER visits can average $1,500 while urgent care treatments often average under $150), that a 2010 study found that nearly 20 percent of ER visits could have been treated at a family urgent care facility, which could potentially save Americans more then $4.4 billion annually in healthcare expenses.

The question then is, how do you know if you need immediate care at an emergency room or if a visit to family urgent care facilities will suffice? The following lays it out for you.

Urgent care centers (some of which provide 24 hour urgent care) were designed to provide service fo