“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.” Not many more accurate statements have ever been uttered. In the debate between traditional emergency room care and urgent care, there are plenty of opinions, rumors and half-truths – but what about the facts?
Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
It’s becoming increasingly clear that immediate care centers (like Urgent Care Extra) are here to stay. And many people – particularly those who are always looking through the rearview mirror, not the windshield – don’t realize WHY this is so. Obviously, urgent care facilities are on the rise – Urgent Care Extra is one of the fastest-growing networks in the Arizona – so they’re doing something right.
And we have indisputable facts to illustrate exactly why urgent care centers are preferred over ERs. Let’s look at a handful of reasons:
Many urgent care centers operate well into the evening. If you or a loved one require immediate medical attention, just walk right in – no appointments necessary.
If you need quick care and it’s not a life-threatening emergency, where would you rather drive to? The nearest large hospital, or a nearby urgent care center? Most large cities (Las Vegas and Phoenix included) have urgent care networks ready to help. With numerous offices to serve you, urgent care is more easily accessible than traditional ERs.
It’s Not All About “Urgent” Care
Urgent care doctors and medical personnel can work with you to schedule regular visits and devise a maintenance-friendly health plan. Thus, you’ll have the advantages of regular doctor’s checkups with as-needed emergency care – all at your local urgent care center!
Lower Overall Cost
Can “urgent” also mean “affordable?” One important difference between urgent care and emergency room care, according to the FAIR Health Consumer Group, is that many typical urgent care costs are less than half of equivalent ER services.
No Insurance? No Problem
Because urgent care centers don’t have the huge administrative and structural costs, patients without insurance are given a fair price for care received. So if you lack insurance coverage, just stop by – we’ll take care of you, and you don’t have to worry about crippling medical bills afterward.
We’re not saying emergency rooms are becoming obsolete; they’re essential for life-threatening emergencies. But the scale has tipped in urgent care’s favor lately, thanks to the five factors listed above.
For residents of Arizona and Nevada, one immediate care network stands above the rest. Urgent Care Extra, with over 40 convenient office locations to serve you, is your best option for attentive, personalized medical care.
If you have any questions about UCE, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our urgent care specialists at (480) 840-3075. Thanks for stopping by the Urgent Care Extra blog!