What is Urgent Care Locations?
Urgent care is one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare today with an estimated 10,000 clinics in the United States. This includes traditional urgent care centers, pediatric urgent care centers, retail clinics, occupational medicine providers and primary care offices that offer extended and see walk-in patients. The problem is most of these clinics are owned and operated by individuals, small physician groups and other independent operators making them difficult to find and obtain trusted information about. Our job is to make that easier on the patients that need them. Through our free online service, healthcare consumers are able to quickly search, sort and find urgent care facilities from our directory of 11,063 of them. But we don’t stop there. We’ve painstakingly verified nearly all of the information presented on the site, are constantly adding new information and detail on each location and have given you – the consumer – the ability to rate and review each location based on your experience.
When Should I Go to the Urgent Care?
If you or a family member are sick, then you will need to quickly determine where to go for medical care. If you are considering urgent care treatment there are a few things you should consider before you go. It is also important to know when you should NOT go to an urgent care.
Urgent Care for Uninsured Patients
Uninsured patients have few options when it comes to medical care. Emergency rooms must accept all patients, but that isn’t always the best choice if your condition is mild to moderate as you may have to wait several hours before being seen. Urgent care centers will also see uninsured patients on a walk-in basis. However, if a patient is uninsured he or she must pay in full at the time of service.
Prices for medical care in urgent care locations vary, but the average price is $71-125 for a routine visit prior to any tests or medications. It is important to remember that urgent care centers do not offer payment plans, whereas emergency rooms do offer payment plans.
After Hours Care
While urgent care centers are generally open much longer than traditional physicians’ offices, they are not open 24/7 at most locations. Patients should check online or call for specific location hours. In general, urgent care centers are open from 7 AM until 9 PM every day of the week, but again, that may vary. People needing care between 9 PM and 7 AM will need to go to emergency rooms.
How to Choose a Location
Based on the services needed and the hour of service, patients can choose an urgent care center using an online search engine or service like Urgent Care Locations. For example, if a patient needs an x-ray for a possible broken bone, he or she should search for a center that has an x-ray machine. Also, not every urgent care location staffs physicians, dispenses medications on-site or is accredited by an official body such as the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM). If these things are important for you, then you should be more selective prior to making the trip.