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How Are Urgent Care Doctors Different?

How Are Urgent Care Doctors Different?

Urgent care doctors are a lot different than emergency care physicians and family practice doctors. Knowing the difference could save you a lot of time, and money. Here’s how.

Urgent Care Doctors, main characteristics:

 

Are There For Urgent Medical Needs.
Urgent care doctors are there for medical needs that aren’t emergencies, but still have some urgency to them. The times when you need to see a doctor, but your life isn’t in danger. Urgent Care exist to serve this gray area of medical attention. They can help with falls, sprains, strains, moderate back troubles, minor bleeding, cuts that require a few stitches, eye irritation, fever, flu, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, minor broken bones, fractures, and other things along these lines. However, someone suffering compound fractures, convulsions, seizures, heavy bleeding, moderate burns, poisoning, serious injuries, or other dangerous issues still has to go to the ER.

Urgent Care Doctors Can Save You Time.
Urgent care doctors can give you the medical attention you need in a timely manner. Emergency rooms serve patients based on the severity of their issues, which means those who have more serious problems jump to the front of the line. At the same time, family practice physicians need to have open office hours, limiting the time when you can see them. So say for example you’re one of the 20% of college students who meets the criteria for an Alcohol Use Disorder (which is part of the reason why alcohol is the number one drug problem in the country), or you’re one of the 40 million American adults affected by anxiety disorders, the most common mental illness. You might have a serious problem that needs attention, but can’t get in to see either your family doctor or an emergency room. Urgent care doctors will see you whenever you want in a timely manner.

Urgent Care Doctors Can Save You Money.
Emergency rooms are expensive. If you don’t have to go — if your life is not in danger — then it’s usually best to try to avoid them for the sake of your wallet. Urgent care doctors offer much more affordable rates. For example, going to an emergency room to get treatment for strep throat costs about $531, while urgent care doctors can treat strep throat for just $111.

Urgent care is there for when it’s not an emergency, but when you still need to see a doctor. If you have any questions about the benefits they offer, feel free to share in the comments.

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