Healthcare Options Outside of the ER

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on July 13, 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 for conditions that can not wait, but do not warrant a full blown emergency. A suspected sinus or ear infection? A family urgent care center can likely help you. A finger in need of a few stitches or a sprained ankle? Again, urgent cares can help you there.

There are family urgent care clinics all over the country, including urgent care Seattle WA, that have the staff and resources to treat a wide number of ailments. Considering that the average American child catches between six and 10 colds each year, and all Americans, on average suffer a combined one billion number of colds annually, means that many minor illnesses can be best served by an urgent care center. Which brings me to my next point.

Another major benefit of urgent care clinics is their efficiency. Patients can expect to be treated more quickly than they would in an understaffed hospital. As such, family urgent care clinics claim an estimated 3 million patients each week, which certainly lightens the strain on our hospitals.

However, a severe fracture, palpitating heartbeat, or soaring fever can be indicative of something far more serious, and would best be served by an emergency room visit. That is why when deciding which healthcare option is best for you at the time, common sense, as always, prevails. Helpful links:

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