When you become injured or suddenly ill, you rely on emergency medical technicians to stabilize you and transport you to the nearest hospital. There, the emergency room staff will evaluate your injuries and decide on a care protocol. You may have several tests, and you may see several doctors and nurses to figure out exactly what is the matter and how it should be treated. Although you may not exactly enjoy this process because, after all, you are ill, you can at least appreciate the hard work these emergency care workers put in to save lives. This website serves to honor them by discussing their work in greater depth.
When you suffer a minor injury that needs treatment soon but is not life-threatening, you have a few options. You could call your doctor, head to the emergency room, or go to an urgent care center. In most cases, your best bet is going to be the urgent care center. Read on to learn about why this is a good option.
1. You won't have to wait very long.
In the emergency room, you'll get prompt care if you have a life-threatening problem like a potential heart attack or an asthma attack. But if you have a more minor injury, you'll be at the bottom of their triage list. This makes sense—if you were the one with a heart attack, you'd expect to be treated before someone with a small cut on their thumb. However, when you're the one with a minor injury, waiting all day in the ER can be frustrating. An urgent care center typically offers very prompt service. You might have to wait 30–60 minutes if they're busy, but often they'll get you right in.
2. You'll get friendly, personalized care from a small team.
Urgent care centers are usually small offices. There may be one or two receptionists on staff, a couple of nurses, and a doctor or two. You'll have one or two people caring for you, rather than a big, revolving team of doctors. This makes it easier for you to communicate what's wrong and move through the treatment process.
3. You won't have to be in a stressful hospital environment.
For many people, hospitals can be stressful. You've probably visited some very ill family members there, and you may have even been there yourself for a serious disease. This can bring some unpleasant feelings and flashbacks that you don't want to deal with just to get your minor injuries treated. Urgent care centers are much calmer, cooler spaces where your anxiety is less likely to act up.
4. Your care will be affordable.
Urgent care centers typically aim to provide affordable care. Insurance will typically cover the cost of the visit, and if they do not, your out-of-pocket cost will probably be closer to $100–$200, compared to the thousands you may pay in the emergency room.
When you suffer a minor injury, head to a local urgent care center. It can be faster, more affordable, and a lot less anxiety-inducing than going to the emergency room.