The Emergency Room is for EMERGENCIES!

Studies show: Of pations who visited the emergency room but were not admitted to the hospital, 48% went there because their doctor's office was not open.

Minute Clinic/Urgent Care Physician's Office Emergency room

Average Cost: $71 - $125

Average Cost: $85

Average Cost: $1,200

Generally short wait times

Appointments Available

Unless life threatening, wait times can be very long

No relationship, no history

Relationship driven, medical history known

Unless life threatening, wait times can be very long

Some examples: after hours for severe flu, colds, coughs, high fever, stomach pain, constant diarrhea or vomiting, minor injuries and burns

Examples: all non-emergency related needs, once you develop a relationship with a physician's office, call 24/7 for direction

Some examples: broken bones, chest pain, severe shortness of breath, deep wounds, sudden dizziness or weakness, head injuries, unconsciousness or fainting, bleeding that doesn't stop

What Can You Do?

  1. Develop a relationship with a family doctor.
  2. Discuss after hours care, especially if you have a chronic condition.
  3. Get a list of Minute Clinics and Urgent Care Centers WITH HOURS that are close by and post them on your fridge.
  4. If you go to the emergency room and you are able, ask questions when testing is ordered.

Please Note: This is informational in nature. It is not medical advice. You should contact your physician with any questions.

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