Urgent Care vs. ER: Which Should You Go To?

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Often times, illnesses and injuries appear without warning. Where do you go when faced with uncertainty about care? According to a study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, 48% of people who visit the emergency room are there simply because their primary care doctor was not open. In fact, most patients who seek treatment from the emergency room do not even get admitted to the hospital. Not only is this a costly way to seek treatment, but emergency rooms often lack a bedside manner to help patients feel at ease.

Understanding the difference between Urgent Care and the Emergency Room can be difficult. Urgent Care facilities, like ours, are here to help for illness or injuries that occur when your regular doctor is not available, or you can’t wait for an appointment. On the other hand, the Emergency Room is staffed for 24/7 care to handle the most critical, complex medical emergencies.

Many people end up going to the ER for minor illnesses and injuries without realizing that they have another option for treatment. We’ve put together this infographic to help you understand what medical issues can be treated by Urgent Care, and when you should go to the Emergency Room.

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