Updated: Mar 3
Flu season is in full swing. Coughs, colds, fevers are all too common. Dr. Alamelu on why choosing an urgent care for immediate care is the best option.
This is the time of the year when you or your loved one is most prone to fall sick. Colds, coughs, and fevers are common. It's also likely that you might suffer from a sore throat and sometimes a strep infection or the flu. So when you need immediate care should you choose the local hospital's emergency room (ER), wait for an appointment at your Primary Care Provider (PCP), or choose an urgent care near you.
Choosing the ER for non-emergency medical needs is needlessly expensive and also time consuming. So the preferred option is to meet your PCP -- except that the next available appointment isn't for a week and you need access to immediate care. This scenario isn't all that uncommon.
An urgent care or a walk-in clinic is an ideal choice to get prompt medical care and might actually be a better option for most of your non-emergency medical needs. Need more convincing? Here are four reasons why we think you should seriously consider an urgent care for your and your family's immediate care this flu season:-
Get quicker care
Spending time in the hospital or clinic waiting room is probably one of the most frustrating things we've all had to endure. It's even worse when you need immediate care and need to wait. At most urgent cares & walk-in clinics, you can simply walk in and get seen without having to wait long. If you want to skip even a short wait, some urgent cares allow you schedule an appointment before you go to the clinic.
More convenient hours
Many urgent cares and walk-in clinics are open longer hours and weekends for your convenience. So it's easier to get timely care without disrupting your schedule than at your PCP. For example, Prognify Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic is open 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.
Get high-quality care
Most urgent cares and walk-in clinics are usually staffed by medical staff who've dealt with many non-emergency medical needs. They come from a background in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Of course you need to do your research but invariably you're in good hands. At Prognify, our team is board-certified and has extensive experience in providing non-emergency medical care.
Get affordable care
You should save the ER for actual emergencies. Many independent studies have confirmed that a visit to the ER could be five times as expensive as a visit to an urgent care facility. If you have a medical emergency, you should go to the ER or call 911 -- you can read about whether to choose Prognify or the ER by clicking on this link.
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