Do you know where to go when you need quick care? Choosing the right place for your care can help you save time and money, and get the level of care you need.
You’ll generally pay lower costs for care in a doctor’s office or convenience clinic. You’ll likely pay higher costs in an urgent care center and even higher costs when you go to the emergency room (ER).
Wait times vary
Wait times are generally faster in a doctor’s office or urgent care center compared to the ER. If you go to the ER with a minor condition, you might wait for a longer time. Patients with more serious conditions will be seen first.
You never know when an injury or illness may happen to you or a family member. Think about where you would go to receive care in different situations. Here are some quick tips for choosing care:
- Use the emergency room for life-threatening health problems.
- Seek care in an urgent care or walk-in clinic when you need care for an urgent, but not life-threatening condition.
- Schedule an appointment with a doctor for health concerns that are not urgent.