Knowing Where a Walk In Doctors Office Could Save Your Life

Written by Channel 8 Cleveland on June 24, 2013. Posted in Seattle walk in clinic, Urgent care renton, Urgent care seattle

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Had I not known about the walk in doctors office, my friend might not have received the medical diagnosis he needed in time. We ate out at this new Chinese place, when he started feeling really unwell, like something worse than food poisoning.

He needed his doctor, but the office was closed. Plus, he could not afford to pay the high price of emergency room care. Thankfully, I knew of the nearby walk in doctors office, and got him there as quickly as I could. They took him and found that he really did have mild food poisoning, and his pain tolerance was just low.

Thankfully, such gastrointestinal conditions were pretty common things to go to a walk in doctors office for. Other such maladies that they treat were sprains and strains, fractures, upper respiratory illnesses, lacerations and concussions.

I believe that the reason the urgent care industry is growing is due to the lack of after hours coverage by primary physicians. In fact, only 29 percent of primary care doctors offer these hours. Not only that, but the caseload of primary care physicians is increasing as well, which leads to such difficulties as scheduling appointments, longer waiting times and a decreased amount of time spent with each patient.

Think about it. If there are approximately 6.8 million bones broken in the United States each year, and if the average child catches between six and 10 colds a year, then where should I go if all the ERs and all the urgent care facilities are too busy treating them?

This is why I preemptively looked for a walk in doctors office close by. I knew that there would be a time when I needed immediate care, but the 24 hour urgent care medical centers might be too busy to help me.

Has anybody else needed to find a walk in doctors office because the office of their primary physician was closed? What are your thoughts and opinions on the rapid growth of the urgent care industry? Please share your opinions and comments, and if you have a story like my own walk in doctors office one, I encourage you to share that as well. Great references here. Find out more at this site.

Comments (7)

  • September 10, 2013 at 9:04 am |

    Not knowing where to go in an emergency is definitely a scary thought to think about.

  • Benjamin Reynolds
    February 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

  • Lawrence hawkins
    March 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

  • April 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

  • May 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

  • Harold Palmer
    June 25, 2014 at 4:05 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

  • Leslie Wells
    July 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm |

    My friend had to go to a walk in doctors office for a sprained ankle. The fact that she got such quick attention pretty much saved her athletic career.

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