Urgent Care vs.

Emergency Room -

When to Make

the Right Choice

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What is an Urgent Care?

Urgent care centers provide patients with an alternative to the Emergency Room. It’s a fast and convenient way to treat urgent medical issues, but not life threatening.

  • Offers extended hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Wait times are much shorter than in the ER. Some clinics, like Marque, publish wait times and offer online check in.
  • Cost effective. Urgent cares are much less than an ER visit, even with insurance.

What is an Emergency Room?

  • Open 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Wait times can vary significantly. Life-threatening and serious conditions are seen first, so you can end up waiting for hours.
  • Even a short ER visit can be expensive, and most insurances charge a higher co-pay.

Urgent Care Conditions: When to go to an Urgent Care

  • Minor fractures and sprains
  • X-rays
  • Back pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Minor headaches
  • Blood work
  • Bumps, cut and scrapes
  • Fever
  • Cold/flu symptoms
  • Ear and sinus pain
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Animal bites
  • Stitches
  • Mild asthma
  • Minor burns and rashes
  • Eye irritation, swelling or pain

ER Conditions: When to go to the Emergency Room

  • Any severe/life-threatening conditions
  • Heart attack, shortness of breath
  • Stroke: face droop, arm weakness, speech difficulty
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Disorientation/vision impairment
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Severe burns
  • Animal and snake bites
  • Severe head injury
  • Shock or trauma
  • Severe allergic reaction

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