There is a reason urgent care facilities are gaining more and more in popularity. They operate on a walk in basis, and generally have shorter wait times than emergency rooms. Plus, they have more convenient hourrs than the offices of most physicians.
Apart from the convenience that urgent care facilities offer, they are also more affordable. A typical emergency room department visit costs an average of 1,500 dollars, while the same treatment at urgent care facilities costs, on average, under 150 dollars.
Urgent care facilities are a great in between alternative to emergency rooms and the office of your doctor. A trip to a 24 hour urgent care facility is usually something that needs medical attention, but is non life threatening. Some of the conditions that urgent care centers often treat are sprains and strains, fractures, upper respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal conditions like food poisoning, lacerations and concussions.
Between the amount of injuries Americans sustain that take more and more of the attention of your primary care physician (there are approximately 6.8 million bones broken in the U.S. each year!) and the growing cost of medical treatment, we are lucky that there are urgent care facilities out there to help ease the pressure of this burden. Now, there are an estimated three million patients who visit an urgent care center every week in the U.S.
So whether you need stitches or an STD test, choosing an urgent care facility for your next medical treatment would be a wise option.
But now I am curious to know what you all think. Have any of you ever been treated at an urgent care facility? What was it like? Did you enjoy your visit? Please share your story and experience in the comments! See more.