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URGENT CARE PATIENT ACCESS 

Why Urgent Care? No appointment needed, convenient locations, extended hours, expanded services, cost efficient. 
Urgent care centers provide walk-in, extended hour access to adults and children for acute illness and injury care. Visit an urgent care when your condition is beyond the scope or availability of your regular primary care provider—or not severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Centers are typically staffed with physicians, and may also have physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and radiology technicians working with patients. Most centers also treat fractures, can provide IV fluids, and have x-ray and lab processing onsite.

Urgent care centers typically operate 7 days a week (including holidays) and are open between 8 and 9am, and close between 7 and 9pm on the weekdays. Hours may be somewhat earlier on the weekends.

What to bring on your visit 

Insurance/Payment

 

Most insurance plans are accepted at urgent care centers; however, insurance is not required.

 

Cost of Care

 

The cost for treatment at an urgent care center is usually comparable to a primary care visit, and less than the emergency room. Charges vary according to individual insurance coverage.

 

What to Bring

  • Driver's license or picture ID
  • Insurance card
  • Payment for insurance co-pay or if you intend to self-pay

Important Information to Share

  • Current medications
  • Past surgeries and medical conditions
  • Allergies

Ongoing Care

 

Urgent care centers will refer you onto the emergency room if your condition is very serious, to a specialist for follow up if needed, and back to your regular physician for ongoing care. Centers can also refer you to a primary care doctor if you don't already have one.

Remember to get a copy of your treatment information (or ask to have it sent) for your primary care physician to help ensure your medical record is complete.

 

Wait Times

 

Patients are usually seen by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant in either 0-15 minutes or 15-45 minutes. Since no appointment is necessary wait time may vary.

 

Check our patient resource blog for more facts and tips about healthcare and urgent care service. 
http://urgentcareacess.blogspot.com/

 

 

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