While primary care addresses a wide range of healthcare needs, sometimes patients require immediate care that isn’t critical enough to necessitate a trip to the emergency department (ED). That’s where urgent care comes into play. In this article, we’ll go over some of the main benefits of utilizing urgent care.
Accessible. Perhaps one of the main benefits of urgent care is the fact that it’s so easily accessible. The recent partnership between South Shore Health and Health Express incorporates six urgent care centers from Quincy to Plymouth, which means no matter where you live within the community, you will have urgent healthcare access that’s close to home.
Faster than primary care. Urgent care centers allow patients to be seen by a doctor without an appointment. Whether you’re a visitor from out of town, or you need immediate treatment for a cut, fracture, or illness, there’s a wide range of exam rooms for trained ED doctors to provide the appropriate treatment. All patients are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and are usually out in 30-45 minutes.
Less expensive than emergency care. If you’ve ever had to go to the ED, then you already know it can be expensive. But maybe you didn’t know that nearly 50 percent of all ED visits are actually not emergencies at all. Many people choose to go to the ED simply out of convenience, but the emergency department should solely be used for life-threatening conditions. The higher level of care in an ED translates to a higher cost of care which, in many cases, could have been avoided.
Urgent care is a great community resource for accessible, prompt, and high-quality healthcare. So next time you find yourself or your family in immediate need of care, consider urgent care as a cost-effective solution for non-life-threatening inquiries and illnesses.