The ER vs Urgent Care –What you need to know.
The last thing you want to worry about when you are sick or injured is where you should go for care. Understanding what choices you have for medical care will make your decisions easier.
If you are sick or hurt, your primary care physician is the best place to start. They know you, your health history and any conditions you may have that might impact treatment. Our team at LuminCARE can be your primary care physician; we will work with you to help you make the best choices for your health.
What to do if doctor’s office is closed?
An urgent care clinic may be the right choice if your condition isn’t life threatening but needs to be taken care of right away. At LuminCARE, we treat conditions that require attention now, but are not considered life threatening. Our skilled medical team treats anything from cuts requiring stitches to broken bones to the flu. And your co-pay will be significantly less than at an emergency room and without the wait.
Many national health research studies have shown that a large number of ER visits would be better handled in an urgent care. And if time is an issue, the average time in an ER is more than four hours vs an hour or less at LuminCARE.
If your condition is life threatening, a freestanding ER or hospital emergency room is the place to go. Be aware that a freestanding ER may resemble an urgent care clinic, but they operate and charge as much as hospital ER. This means you will be charged your insurance plan’s ER copay.
When to call 9-1-1?
When in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry, call 911.
For more information on the differences between ER and Urgent Care, click here.