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How to Decide Between Urgent Care and the Emergency Room

Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Delaware News Journal
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People who become ill and cannot access their family doctor need to determine whether their conditions warrant a visit to an urgent care facility or a trip to the emergency room (ER). Experts say urgent care is suitable for treating such things as fever without rash; flu, cold, sore throat; ear pain; painful urination; persistent diarrhea; vomiting; and a common sprain or shallow cut. The Urgent Care Association of America says the most common diagnoses made at walk-in clinics include upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, cough, and bronchitis. The list of symptoms that should prompt an ER visit include head injuries; broken bones; severe shortness of breath; allergic reactions; constant vomiting; and sudden, severe headache. According to insurer Cigna, the average cost of an ER visit is $2,250. By contrast, urgent care visits average $170. Although doctors recommend that patients with non-life-threatening symptoms use urgent care facilities, they also urge patients to always err on the side of caution, especially if an ER is the only option for immediate care.

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