Why Urgent Care Centers May be a Better Option Than an Emergency Room

Have you ever needed a place to go in the evening when you have, say, an earache and your doctor’s office is already closed for the day? Your neighborhood urgent care center can be your solution and they are caring and efficient.

My family and I received treatment one recent evening for various conditions that couldn’t wait another day for medical attention. The urgent care providers treated my symptoms and I was on the mend before my doctor’s office opened the next morning.

When you need immediate medical attention and your family doctor is unavailable, but you don’t want to sit in a chaotic emergency room with traumatic injuries and illnesses swirling around you, an urgent care center is an excellent option. Urgent care centers offer access to quality health care for injuries or illnesses that are not emergencies, and at a lower cost. If you think your condition is an emergency, you should seek treatment at the nearest hospital emergency room.

You can walk into an urgent care center without an appointment and receive treatment. Urgent care centers offer convenient evening and weekend hours. You’ll save time and depending on your health care coverage, you may save money on your out-of-pocket costs compared to an emergency room visit.

If you’re a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member, you’ll find a list of participating urgent care centers near you at bcbsm.com.

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