What is an Urgent Care?
Urgent care centers provide patients with an alternative to the Emergency Room. It’s a fast and convenient way to treat urgent medical issues, but not life threatening.
- Offers extended hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Wait times are much shorter than in the ER. Some clinics, like Marque, publish wait times and offer online check in.
- Cost effective. Urgent cares are much less than an ER visit, even with insurance.
What is an Emergency Room?
- Open 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Wait times can vary significantly. Life-threatening and serious conditions are seen first, so you can end up waiting for hours.
- Even a short ER visit can be expensive, and most insurances charge a higher co-pay.
Urgent Care Conditions: When to go to an Urgent Care
- Minor fractures and sprains
- Back pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Minor headaches
- Blood work
- Bumps, cut and scrapes
- Cold/flu symptoms
- Ear and sinus pain
- Cough or sore throat
- Animal bites
- Mild asthma
- Minor burns and rashes
- Eye irritation, swelling or pain
ER Conditions: When to go to the Emergency Room
- Any severe/life-threatening conditions
- Heart attack, shortness of breath
- Stroke: face droop, arm weakness, speech difficulty
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Disorientation/vision impairment
- Chest pain
- Severe burns
- Animal and snake bites
- Severe head injury
- Shock or trauma
- Severe allergic reaction