Sometimes you need to see a doctor right away, but you don’t need the bells and whistles involved in an emergency room visit. But how do you know when it’s the right time to visit Everest Urgent Care, instead of the ER?
At Everest Urgent Care, we’re here to help you without the long waits and hefty copays involved in going to the ER, yet we still maintain appropriate health services with prompt and personalized care.
Of course hospitals play an invaluable role in a community’s health, but they aren’t always the best option for all medical situations, especially those that require immediate care, but that aren’t life threatening. If you’re not sure which facility can best meet your needs, keep reading as we discuss five of the top reasons to choose urgent care instead of the ER.
1. Urgent cares have a shorter wait
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of opting for an urgent care is that wait times are significantly less than what you normally find in a hospital waiting room. From the moment you walk through our door, we treat you like you’re our priority and most times, you’re in the waiting room for 15 minutes or less.
Hospital ERs, on the other hand, sometimes have long wait times as they juggle the large number of patients, some with life-threatening conditions. Because of their need to prioritize and triage patients, those with more minor injuries or concerns are often bumped down the list.
If you have an urgent medical situation, but it’s not life threatening, consider visiting Everest Urgent Care instead of the ER.
2. They specialize in urgent care
Urgent care centers are designed to specifically and solely provide patients with urgent care. Unlike hospital ERs, which are part of a much larger system, urgent cares don’t have to share services, like lab testing and X-rays, with other departments.
At urgent care centers, the facility operates as a standalone service and equipment is devoted to only one thing — your urgent care. This means less waiting and quicker service.
3. Urgent cares are calm and quiet
When you visit a hospital ER, it often seems chaotic. There are people coming and going and ambulances bringing patients in. There are doctors and nurses all over the place. Because an emergency room is part of a large hospital, there’s always a lot going on.
But at urgent care, only urgent care is happening. There aren’t oncology patients waiting for treatment. There aren’t surgical teams preparing a patient. And there aren’t 15 patients in an intensive care unit and 20 more in a maternity department, waiting for their babies to come.
No, urgent cares serve the single purpose of providing patients urgent care. Like our offices, urgent care centers are an oasis of calm and competent care. We strive to put you at ease from the moment you walk in the door and throughout your treatment, which is always provided in a private treatment room.
4. They cost less
In almost all cases, urgent care is a more economical option than a hospital emergency room. Whether you have insurance or are self-pay, hospital ERs charge you for more than you may need, but at urgent care clinics, you pay only for the care you receive. What’s more, for those who have copays and deductibles, the out-of-pocket cost for urgent care is often significantly less than for emergency care.
5. Urgent cares refer patients
For those who require care after their urgent care visit, the care center can provide you with referrals to ensure you follow up. So if you break your ankle during a weekend soccer game, we treat your injury and refer you to a specialist for aftercare. If you got to a hospital ER, they don’t set up aftercare, as their primary goal is to get patients treated and out the door as quickly as possible.
When you need immediate medical attention for a non-life-threatening injury or illness, make the Everest Urgent Care your first stop. If you have any questions, please give us a call!