If you visited a walk-in clinic and were diagnosed with an infection, you may have been prescribed antibiotics. While antibiotics are usually effective in treating many different ailments, they can become useless when not taken correctly. Follow these tips to make sure that you are taking full advantage of your treatment. Read more »
It’s no secret that emergency rooms are becoming more and more congested each year. That’s just one of the many reasons people are opting to get treatment at an urgent care facility as opposed to the hospital. However, despite the number of people making visits to urgent care facilities, there are still some misconceptions about them. Here are just a few common myths about urgent care centers. Read more »
When you have a medical concern, it is sometimes difficult to know if you should go to an urgent care facility or the emergency room. People often believe you get the best medical care at an emergency medical facility. But you can get the same amount and level of care at an urgent care center, and will typically be seen more quickly and charged much less. According to a 2010 Rand Corporation study, one in five visits to the ER could be treated at an urgent care facility, saving roughly $4.4 billion in healthcare costs a year. Read more »
Allergic reactions can be frightening and unpredictable, starting and progressing quite rapidly. If you or a loved one suffers a sudden allergic reaction, it is important to know how to spot the symptoms and find immediate medical care. Use this guide to be prepared to respond. Read more »
Scenic highways, windows down, your favorite music — road trip season is almost here. While you are planning out your route and packing list, be sure to include health preparedness. By taking basic care of your body during long car rides, you can create a more enjoyable experience in general. Follow these basic tips for staying well during your trip. Read more »
As winter eases up and comes to an end, many people look forward to getting back outside and enjoying the beautiful, sunny weather. However, even some of the most fun summer activities can put you at risk for injury. Stay safe by reading up on some summer injury prevention tips. Read more »
If you’re traveling and an unexpected medical emergency comes up, you may not want to go dashing off to an emergency room just yet. There’s another option that can work for many of the illnesses and injuries that wind up in the emergency room — and it tends to be a faster, more affordable option that offers the same quality of patient care. If you’re away from your usual doctor or simply can’t get in to see him or her for an urgent (but not life-threatening) condition, consider visiting an urgent care clinic. Most urgent care clinics will take health insurance and the wait time is usually significantly less than at an emergency room — which can help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress as well. You never know when a severe cold with a high fever, a skin rash, UTI, or a broken bone will strike, so it’s good to be aware of the options available to you, no matter how far from home you are. Read more »
Urgent care centers are excellent for patients seeking immediate medical attention. Roughly 3 million patients visit urgent care centers each week in the United States. There are all kinds of reasons why someone might visit an urgent care facility, but one in particular can be a little complicated: STD testing. Read more »
America’s healthcare system is improving every day. With all these changes, it can be difficult to decide how to best treat any injuries or illnesses that may affect you. Urgent Care, the ER, and your doctor’s office all offer treatment options — which one should you go to for the best care? Read more »
Walk in urgent care clinics have been in the Unites States since the 1970s. Since then, they have continuously grown worldwide, providing quality patient care to those in need. Read more »
There are a number of people that make up a high quality medical team. Doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, x-ray technicians, and even orderlies. But there is often one vital member that is often overlooked, and frankly it is the most important member of the entire team: the patient. Read more »
Americans get approximately one billion colds per year. This isn’t surprising considering the overcrowding of emergency rooms. That’s why Maryland resident Thelma Lee prefers the new way to receive medical treatment – from her local fire department. Read more »
There are many myths that are easy to believe surrounding illnesses, especially in the wintertime. Here we debunk some common myths so you can keep the visits to urgent care clinics to a minimum this cold season! Read more »
With the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump in sight, Republicans in Washington are making a more concerted effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But many people, including Arizona Democrats, are fighting back and arguing to keep the healthcare law in place, as its helped more than 20 million Americans who’d previously not been covered.
These ‘Obamacare’ allies held a rally at the state Capitol on Jan. 4, to defend the healthcare law that was passed in 2010.
This action comes as a response to a procedural vote by Senate Republicans, which opened debate on a proposed budget bill, which could effectively strip away a substantial amount of the ACA.
The high premiums under the ACA is a high cause for concern among many Americans. In Arizona, premiums have risen by 116% as of Jan. 1 for those who are covered under the HealthCare.gov marketplace. Trump referenced this number in a tweet on Jan. 4, but failed to mention that the some of these costs are softened by government subsidiaries, though not all who are eligible are taking advantage of them.
Democratic lawmakers at the Arizona Capitol are urging against the fast-paced repeal of the ACA, saying that stripping away the law would do more harm than good.
“Congress is rushing through a bill that will take away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans and increase costs for millions,” said Katie Hobbs, the Arizona Senate Democratic leader. “They are rushing ahead to rip apart our health-care system with no plan whatsoever to replace it … ”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has delivered data showing that 182,811 Arizonans have signed up for marketplace healthcare plans as of Dec. 31, and even more are expected to enroll through the end of this month. These enrollment figures are the largest pieces of evidence supporting the need for Obamacare, as many Arizonans would not be covered otherwise.
As of right now, Pima County is the only Arizona county with more than one marketplace insurer. Considering the slim choices, Arizona Democrats say that the enrollment figures are speaking for themselves.
Health providers like hospitals, doctors’ offices, and urgent care centers are vetting the ACA, saying that higher rates of insurance coverage have been able to bring some financial relief. The Maricopa Integrated Health System says that it could lose as much as $50 million as people lose coverage during the repeal.
During uncertain times, one thing remains: urgent care facilities are able to curb the higher costs of emergency healthcare. Approximately one in five visits to hospital emergency department could be treated at an urgent care clinic. While trips to the emergency room can cost thousands of dollars out of pocket without coverage, the same treatment at an urgent care facility will cost less than $150, on average.
If you need treatment but are struggling with health costs, don’t avoid seeking care. Visit AFC/Doctors Express care facility in Phoenix to receive the treatment you need, affordably.
On average, children will catch between six and 10 colds annually, but now that flu season is upon us, there are more important things to worry about. Sometimes the flu can present with the same symptoms as a cold at first, but it’s important to know when those symptoms change and require medical attention.
If you’re concerned about your child this flu season, here is a short guide to help you know whether to choose walk in medical clinics or the help of your pediatric care physician.
This is an especially dangerous symptom for infants and toddlers. A fever is one of the most common symptoms of the flu, but if it persists at a temperature above 100 degrees, then you need to seek out immediate medical attention for your child. For those young children with the flu who haven’t built up their immune systems yet, a fever this high can be fatal.
A stuffy nose is nothing to be too troubled about if your child has been diagnosed with the common cold, but shortness of breath is. Trouble breathing or shallow breathing is a serious warning sign that your child needs medical attention.
How You Can Prevent the Flu
The Flu Shot
The best defense is a good offense, and the flu shot is the best way of preventing the flu this season and every other season. More importantly, it’s crucial to have yourself and your children vaccinated at your local pharmacy or walk in medical clinics before the peak of flu season begins.
Keep Hands and Surfaces Clean
Washing your hands is a basic instruction received in kindergarten, but it’s a necessary one. Keeping surfaces around your home clean can help prevent harmful germs from entering your child’s body. Children’s hands come into contact with a lot of things, which means it’s especially important to keep them clean.
Once you know how to prevent the flu and what some of the basic warning signs are, you should be ready to handle the flu season like a pro.
When the new year rings in, many people are ready to turn over a new leaf and begin a healthier lifestyle. While these goals often seem easy to follow through on, folks usually find out a couple weeks in that they are more ambitious than they thought.
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Regulatory compliance is required for all professional drivers, as per the Department of Transportation. And while fleet managers may not look forward to the costs of these exams in bulk, the fines that accumulate from unperformed medical tests and misfiled physicals are much worse. Read more »
The mumps, deemed very rare since a vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, has experienced a sudden surge in 2016. With less than a month left in the year, health professionals have seen the worst numbers of mumps outbreaks in a decade. Read more »
The holiday season is one of the busiest times for travel, but it often goes by in a flash. Despite the long months of preparation, our travel plans tend to sneak up on us sooner than expected. If you plan on traveling this winter and you need to bring along vital prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips and tricks from our walk in clinic for smooth sailing this season, wherever your travels take you. Read more »
For better or worse, the holiday season is upon us, which means many comforting meals that may not be as well balanced as intended. We’re all guilty of overindulging during the holidays, but many walk away from the dinner table feeling guilty. Read more »
The 2015 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, annually released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that the combined amount of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported that year was the highest that the U.S. has ever seen. The majority of these cases are being seen in teenagers and young adults. In fact, the under-25 demographic was responsible for over half of all gonorrhea and chlamydia cases.
But the health industry’s ability to fight sexually transmitted diseases is dependent on state and local legislators. Unfortunately, many STD testing facilities and walk in clinics have been closed due to budget cuts. In 2012, 20 health departments reported the need to close their STD clinics. Since then, even more have closed.
Not only have there been a number of closings, but there’s also been a severe decrease in existing clinic hours, discouraging many from seeking STD testing or treatments.
The long-term consequences of untreated STDs are serious and include fertility problems, chronic pelvic pain, and other complications that may cause more incurable conditions — even death.
The federal government has the ability to help fund state and local treatment centers in conjunction with the CDC. But despite consistent increases in STD numbers nationwide, no measures have been taken in increasing the federal STD treatment budget since 2003.
The most effective national response to the ongoing STD epidemic is the spread of awareness. Primary care health providers are encouraged to make STD prevention and treatment an integral part of their healthcare methods, especially in pregnant women.
Pregnant women are at risk of passing some STDs to their offspring during childbirth.
Additionally, school health education should put heavy emphasis on practicing safe sex, condom usage, and the benefits of mutual monogamy. Parents and providers should also offer access to necessary information regarding safe sex, as well as access to STD testing services.
As of now, STD services are heavily reactive, instead of being proactive. In order to decrease these problematic numbers of infections, more reliable testing centers should be available.
Luckily, urgent care centers are reliable testing sites and have the same laboratory equipment as many other walk in clinics, primary care offices, and the ER.
Like a walk in STD clinic, urgent care services come at a first come-first served basis, with over half of all patients waiting less than 15 minutes to be seen, and 80% of patients waiting no more than an hour.
If you think that you have contracted an STD, there’s no time to lose. If you’re in the greater Phoenix area, come toAFC/Doctors Express for the most prompt and effective testing services.
While an extra hour of sleep is welcomed by many at the end of daylight saving time, disruption of a normal sleep cycle can have significant effects on the human body. Read more »
Fall is here and winter’s right on its heels. As temperatures drop, seasonal sicknesses will be on the rise. During this busy time of year, getting an immediate appointment with your normal physician or at your child’s pediatric care center can be a real challenge. Illnesses can strike at any time, and since only 29% of primary care doctors offer after-hours coverage, many patients feel they have limited options to get the treatment they need. Luckily, the majority of fall and winter ailments can be diagnosed and treated at your local urgent care clinic. Here are four of the most common cold weather illnesses to watch out for this season.
- Common cold
Although you might be able to slog through a cold, the symptoms might be much more severe for your kids. That’s why it’s important to know that we offer pediatric care here at our facility. As colds are viral infections, there is no cure for them, but we can rule out other possibilities, and recommend medicines that can help alleviate symptoms. Kids often experience low-grade fevers when they contract colds, so our urgent care clinic can offer peace of mind. That way, you won’t have to make an appointment or wait for long periods in your doctor’s waiting room. You can quickly see a skilled doctor and get your child on the road to recovery that much faster.
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of the flu. Those who contract it often get a high fever, muscle aches, a sore throat, and a headache. Symptoms can last up to five days, which can leave both parents and kids feeling miserable. If you think you have the flu, you should come in to our urgent care facility early on. You or your child may be a good candidate for a flu medication that can shorten the duration of your illness. At the very least, you can get a definitive diagnosis and get the medicines you need to feel more comfortable. At many walk in clinics, you can get a seasonal influenza shot to reduce your risk of contracting the flu altogether.
- Strep throat
Strep throat is highly contagious among school-age children. If your child is experiencing swollen glands, a sore throat, a headache, and a fever, you should bring him or her in to our clinic for pediatric care. Strep throat needs to be diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Many facilities offer rapid strep testing, so that you can know that much sooner whether your child has contracted this infection. Be sure to keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after he or she starts antibiotic treatment.
Also known as the stomach bug, norovirus is common for kids and parents alike in the wintertime. Though its duration is short, its symptoms can be unpleasant. Younger children have a higher risk of dehydration and tend to have more extreme symptoms. Norovirus can’t be treated with antibiotics, so it just has to go through the symptom. But for a definitive diagnosis and recommendations on how to keep your child safe during its duration, come in for pediatric urgent care if you think the stomach bug is the cause of your kid’s illness.
If you suspect you or a family member has contracted one of these illnesses, come in to our urgent care walk in clinic. Whether you need to talk to pediatric care specialists or need comprehensive testing for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Get easy access to the care you need here at our urgent care center.
An estimated 3 million patients visit urgent care facilities every week, but that number will be increasing soon as cold and flu season arrives. While you may think you’re prepared, there could be a few things missing from your cold and flu disaster kit. To help you prepare for the coming season of sickness — or, better yet, avoid the flu completely — here are a few do’s and don’ts to incorporate into your routine. Read more »
Many food brands say that their products are healthy, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of the word “healthy” on their packaging due to strict guidelines. Read more »
Football, soccer, cross country, field hockey, and cheerleading are just some of the fall sports that are in full force at the moment. Many children are in the middle of their sports seasons, participating in strenuous practices and matches that can really take tolls on their bodies.
Many children have begun to specialize in a specific sport at a young age. While the official school sports season is taking place now, it’s possible that these kids are also playing on other teams year-round — even in the wintertime. While they have likely improved their skills greatly and become more physically fit (since they are working the same muscle groups over and over), they are more susceptible to overuse injuries.
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Children are much more susceptible to illnesses than adults are, and sometimes they need to see specific doctors for treatment. Pediatric care specialists at local urgent care facilities are able to provide your little ones with specialized patient care well past your normal pediatrician’s hours, when your child may be experiencing the worst symptoms.
Here are some of the most common illnesses among children:
The Common Cold
Americans get about 1 billion colds every year, and each child can count on having between six and ten annually. Mild fever, congestion, coughing, and sore throats can be painfully uncomfortable, so be sure to make sure that your child rests and drinks plenty of fluids. If pain persists, consult a doctor about giving your child children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Kids under the age of two are most likely to contract respiratory syncytial virus, which affects the lungs. These symptoms are usually mild, mimicking those of a cold, but for children who were born prematurely, or who have a compromised immune system, a congenital heart condition, or chronic lung disease, RSV can develop into pneumonia or bronchiolitis. Wheezing, fast or struggling breathing, refusing to drink, lethargy, or a bluish tinge on the lips are cause for concern and should be treated immediately.
Gastroenteritis is more than a bad tummy ache. Often known as the stomach bug or stomach flu, this virus causes abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Norovirus is usually to blame, among other extremely contagious viruses, which can sweep through schools and daycare centers easily. Rest, plenty of fluids, and time are the only cures for this disease, but it’s important to still have your child checked out to make sure the condition isn’t more severe than you realize.
Painful sores in the mouth and throat are telltale signs of Coxsackievirus, otherwise known as Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease. In the summer and fall, this highly contagious disease is passed between kids through touch, cough, and sneeze. Red blisters often appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Sore throats can be eased with cold fluids or ice pops (nothing too acidic), and aches can be treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Many children refuse to drink because of how sore their throats are, but make sure that your child is receiving enough fluids regardless.
Of course, the flu is one of the most common illnesses, but it can be easily prevented by receiving an annual flu vaccine. The flu often comes along with body aches, high fevers, sore throat, coughing, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. It’s also particularly dangerous for young children. Fortunately, you can receive the flu vaccine at an urgent care clinic near you.
If you think that your child has any of these illnesses, contact your pediatrician or local urgent care clinic. AFC/Doctors Express urgent care in Phoenix has a reliable pediatric care staff that can help treat your child properly.
Between 5-25% of all Americans will catch the flu this year. While it is recommended that everyone receive a flu vaccine every year, this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made changes regarding how flu vaccines should be administered. Read more »
Many people see urgent care facilities as an alternative to an expensive emergency room visit or an appointment with a regular physician. However, there are several specialized tests, screenings, and treatments that you can receive right at your local walk-in clinic. Here is a list of the 5 most surprising: Read more »
Labor Day was created to recognize the achievements of American workers and the great prosperity they have brought to this country. Although Labor Day is meant as a “thank you” to all working Americans, usually celebrated with barbecues, parades, and most importantly, a paid vacation day, the long Labor Day Weekend is also a good time of year to catch up on any work-related medical needs you need to renew. Read more »
It’s about time for children to go back to school, if they haven’t already. But first, many kids will need to have their annual physicals and boosters. For those who are unable to schedule last minute appointments with their primary care physicians, urgent care clinics are available to conduct these routine procedures. Read more »
It’s recommended that the average adult see a physician once annually for a check-up. Of course, the stereotypical American adult works a 9 to 5 job, which is inconveniently when the vast majority of doctors’ offices are actually open. Read more »
If you have been keeping up with the news, you are well aware of the threat the Zika virus has on many areas this summer. With 6,800 urgent care clinics and medical centers all over the U.S. warning people of its dangers, the truth can sometimes get distorted. Read more »
With more than 6,800 urgent care clinics throughout the United States, it’s no surprise that about three million people visit these medical centers each week. While some people still do not understand the benefits of visiting an urgent care facility over an emergency room, others are already taking advantage of shorter wait times and lower medical bills. Read more »
While the common belief is that men have an advantage over women, this is not the case when it comes to STD testing. Many medical centers do not offer std tests for men, only women. Considering that urgent care centers see three million visitors every week, this may come as a surprise. Read more »
You’ve cut your hand, your child has a cold, and one of your in-laws is complaining of mild chest pain. Your first instinct is to go to urgent care because these are not life-threatening problems. Before heading to your car, you might want to consider the following urgent care secrets. Read more »
Medical testing isn’t exclusive to hospitals anymore. In fact, more than 6800 urgent care clinics are located throughout the United States to service the 1 billion Americans who suffer from colds each year. To help you determine if testing is right for you, here are a few commonly asked questions to consider. Read more »
Summer is officially here and so are the many dangers facing young children today, including sickness and injury. In the U.S. alone, around 3 million people visit an immediate care center for pediatric care each week. To help you and other parents avoid becoming one of the 110 million people to visit the emergency room each year, consider the following pediatric care tips for summer. Read more »
In honor of Urgent Care Awareness month, a new survey has been released that breaks down what people are looking for when it comes to wait times and patient care. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone paying attention that urgent care centers are particularly popular among Millennial-aged demographics. The model of walk in medical clinics inherently lend themselves to the fast-paced, always on the go lifestyle more and more young adults commonly subscribe to. Still, it’s always interesting to see theories backed up by statistical evidence. Read more »
If you’ve had any experience with the health care industry in recent years, you know it can be costly, time-consuming, and an overall inconvenience to schedule an appointment and get treated. This is, in essence, why urgent care centers and walk in medical clinics were born. While they’ve technically been in existence since the 1970s, it’s only been over the last decade or so that these medical centers have grown exponentially in popularity and prevalence. Read more »
Medical issues are one of the scariest things that can happen to ourselves and our families. They can happen at any moment to anyone and could end up changing our lives forever. It’s important to act fast and be able to identify when you need immediate care and medical attention. Read more »
When urgent care centers first found their way onto the health care scene in the 1970s, they were met with little fanfare and limited success. They were the perfect example of an innovation that might have been too ahead of its time. The current success of urgent care facilities, or walk in clinics, has been covered ad nauseam recently, but for good reason: urgent care facilities are changing the health care landscape as we know it. Read more »
The short answer to the titular question is absolutely! Not only are urgent care centers qualified for providing pediatric care, but they also offer a variety of advantages and benefits that can be particularly useful for the busy parent. Read more »
One of the best qualities of urgent care centers is their overall versatility. Urgent care clinics are capable of diagnosing, treating, and testing for a variety of different ailments and conditions, which is a big part of why they’ve grown exponentially over recent years despite being around since the 1970s. One of the areas more and more people are turning to urgent care facilities for is sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. Read more »
Creating and bearing a child is one of life’s greatest miracles. It’s one of the ultimate joys for millions of parents everywhere, but it doesn’t always happen so easily. Aside from the conception struggles many couples have, millions of women suffer from side-effects of their pregnancy every year. Walk in medical clinics and urgent care centers might not be the ideal place to give birth to a child, but they can be great places for helping to manage some of the not-so-pleasant side effects. Read more »
Urgent care is still a relatively new industry at-large, having started in the 1970s, but not gaining mainstream popularity until recent years. Today, business is booming, and with approximately 3 million patients visiting a center each week in the U.S., it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Read more »
The medical world is constantly advancing. It’s one of the few industries where doing so can literally mean the difference between life and death. Two things seem to be dominating the health care industry in recent years when it comes to innovation and evolution: urgent care clinics and telehealth solutions. While they both offer convenient and effective care — from medical tests to diagnosis — a new study has found some shocking results on these new fields. Read more »
When a lot of people here “urgent care centers,” they immediately think about emergency injuries and potentially serious conditions. While this can be true at times, there are actually a variety of different areas that urgent care facilities can assist people with other than actual urgent care per se. Read more »
Urgent care centers have become one of the hottest trends in the healthcare industry. Instead of dealing with the hassle of scheduling appointments around traditional doctors hours, more and more people are turning to these over 6,800 walk in clinics for a plethora of different medical ailments and treatments. Read more »
There is never a good time to get sick or injured, but when an emergency occurs during your doctor’s off hours, where do you go? There are approximately 110 million visits to the emergency room every year. A 2010 study discovered that around one in five of these ER visits could have been treated at an urgent care center, which would have potentially saved $4.4 billion in health care costs that year. When a situation occurs in which you need immediate care, your first thought may be to visit the emergency room. However, the reality is that many of your ailments can be addressed at an urgent care walk in clinic. Read more »
The rising cost of healthcare has forced many families to investigate alternative forms of services to meet their needs. The rise of urgent care facilities across the country is one of the results of this occurrence, as evidenced by the fact that these centers have technically been around since the 1970s, but have grown exponentially in popularity over recent years. Read more »
Winter may be starting to wind down in many parts of the country, but flu season is still in full swing. There are many different things you can be doing to protect yourself from catching influenza, such as getting enough sleep, consuming enough vitamins and minerals, and staying away from people who are ill already.
If you do ultimately and unfortunately catch the flu or come down with flu-like symptoms, the first thing you’ll have to decide is where and when you should seek professional care. That’s where urgent care centers come into play.
Although they began in the 1970s, urgent care clinics have become incredibly popular in recent years. Today, there are more than 6,800 urgent care facilities in the U.S. that treat approximately 3 million patients each year.
Urgent care centers are convenient, affordable, and offer high-quality care for a variety of different ailments, including the flu. Dr. Katherine Hiller, MD, and director of medical student education at the University of Arizona recently wrote a blog post on the school’s website to help people determine the right time to seek emergency room care and when it’s appropriate to visit an urgent care center.
In her post, she pointed out that the flu can be a good reason to go to one of these less traditional healthcare options, as there isn’t a whole lot that can be done for the flu besides taking over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen and getting plenty of rest and fluids.
Another great advantage urgent care clinics have is their flexible availability. Maybe you just got home from work; it’s already past 6:00 PM and your child is exhibiting signs of sickness. By bringing them to an urgent care center, they can be diagnosed by a healthcare professional. After all, 65% of centers have at least one physician on-site at all times.
Also of note, most urgent care facilities offer flu shots even this late in the season that you can still benefit from and should consider. The flu may be nearly gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up the fight. Do everything you can to stay healthy. If you need urgent care, get urgent care.
As the cost of healthcare continues to rise across the country, more and more people are turning to urgent care facilities. These less-traditional avenues of diagnosis and treatment combine the expertise of any similar medical facility with incredible convenience. In fact, about 80% of patients at urgent care centers are treated within an hour of arriving, while more than half (57%) within 15 minutes. Read more »
It should come as no surprise that walk in clinics have taken over a large part of the healthcare industry. They’re convenient, affordable, and all-around incredibly efficient, diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses and ailments. For less than the cost of a hospital’s treatment, urgent care centers can help just about any malady, from the 1 billion common colds that plague the nation each year to the some 6.8 million bones that break each year. Read more »
Sickness and accidental injuries don’t wait for anyone’s schedule. Somewhere between five and 20% of Americans come down with the flu each year and the average child alone catches between six and 10 colds. In order to treat illness, infections, and accidents, a vast majority of people have turned to urgent care centers. Read more »
Whether you need a quick checkup or a broken bone mended, consider going to one of your area’s urgent care centers, which have become a popular choice for many individuals in the United States for a variety of reasons. They’re convenient, affordable, and close by. Today, there are over 6,800 urgent care facilities across the country that treat an estimated 3 million patients every week. Read more »
For those of us that have known and experienced the benefits and advantages urgent care clinics offer firsthand, the fact that they can now be found in cities all across the country should come as little surprise. Today, there are over 6,800 urgent care centers in the U.S. that treat an estimated 3 million people every week. Read more »
Many people know Nina Dobrev as the former lead actress in the hit series The Vampire Diaries. Those that have followed her career closely are also probably aware that she’s been known to be somewhat accident prone. Some might even call her a clutz, like one of her good friends, Julianne Hough, did in a recent Instagram post. Read more »
Urgent care centers have become the new trend in the healthcare industry; there are over 6,800 in the U.S. today. With extended hours, shorter wait times, and comparable quality of care it’s not very hard to figure out why. As great as these new medical centers are, they’re not necessarily equipped to handle every kind of care need out there. Read more »
The availability of a nearby urgent care facility has become a blessing to parents of young children and many young adults alike. They can be especially great during the holidays, a time when one of the approximately one billion colds Americans get each year tends to bounce from one visiting family member to a young resident, for instance. Aside from the increased risk of illness, the holidays provide another unique opportunity for an unexpected trip to an urgent care facility: New toys. Read more »
It’s safe to say, most people would agree that there’s really nothing more important in this world than the health and well-being of a child. When you become a parent, it’s no longer sufficient to choose what’s best for you but what’s in the best interest of your kids. Choosing the right pediatric care specialists is one of those decisions. Read more »
Even with all the modern medical advances and after decades of schools, parents, and healthcare professionals preaching the importance of safe sex practices and STD testing, it seems the results aren’t matching up with the efforts. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the number of three key sexually transmitted diseases in 2014 have increased for the first time since 2006, according to the health and wellness news source News.Health.com. Read more »
The latest development in the world of urgent care centers doesn’t have anything to do with treating people at all. It appears the trend of these convenient walk in medical clinics has found its way into the world of our furry companions as a local vet in North Carolina announced they will be opening an urgent care center exclusively for pets, according to The Charlotte Observer. Read more »
The rise of urgent care centers has been propelled in large part thanks to the younger, Millennial-aged demographic that seems to be constantly looking for the next better, faster, more convenient option of anything. Sure, urgent care clinics have been around since the 1970s in the United States, but the industry has grown exponentially in recent years. Read more »
It’s almost 2016 and there’s still no cure for the common cold. Sure, it can be annoying, debilitating, and frustrating beyond belief, but they typically don’t last more than a week or two. Except when it comes to young children. It’s not uncommon for a head cold to turn into a severe respiratory infection of some kind in kids, making pediatric care that much more important. It’s a serious issue that one team of doctors and researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believe they might have found a solution to. Read more »
Urgent care clinics have become one of the most convenient, affordable, and efficient methods of meeting healthcare needs in the United States today. In the U.S. alone, there are over 6,800 walk in medical centers, most of which are located in freestanding buildings. Read more »
The rising costs of healthcare have spurred monumental changes in this country. Everything from policy changes, like the introduction of Obamacare, to technological ones, like the advent of telehealth services. Another one of the modern trends in medicine today is that of the urgent care clinic. Read more »
The rise of urgent care clinics has been one of the biggest changes in the healthcare industry in the last decade. These walk in medical clinics provide a quick, convenient, and affordable alternative to doctors office visits or hospital/emergency room trips. Not only has this been great for the consumer (patient), but it’s also helped to reduce the overcrowded waiting rooms and more efficiently manage real emergencies in traditional facilities. Read more »
There are over 6,800 urgent care centers in the U.S. and a recent change in Illinois’ state policy could cause a rise in certain services being sought out at these facilities across the state. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be dangerous, embarrassing, and hard enough to deal with, but it just got a little harder for some people to get STD testing done in the state of Illinois. According to the healthcare business news source ModernHealthcare.com, Illinois notified over 100 organizations earlier this month that the state will no longer provide funding for free HIV, syphilis, and other STD testing procedures. Read more »
One of the newest trends in healthcare today is that of the urgent care facility. Whether it be for STD testing, a flu shot, or some type of first-aid treatment these walk in medical clinics are becoming more and more popular for their cost, convenience, and overall efficiency compared to their traditional doctor office and emergency room counterparts. In total there are over 6,800 in the U.S. today that see an estimated three million patients every week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. Read more »
For many, the thought of being tested for STDs is embarrassing and terrifying. Many patients who suffer from painful or uncomfortable issues are too embarrassed to get tested, and are worried about what their doctor might think of them. However, a new device in development at the John Hopkins University aims to give patients peace of mind by allowing them to administer STD tests using their cellphone. Read more »
With the start of fall this month, flu season is just around the corner. While we may try our best to avoid coming down with anything, sometimes you just can’t beat the flu. Despite our best efforts, between 5 and 20% of Americans come down with the flu each year. Taking care of yourself when you have the flu can seem impossible. Luckily, there are a few things that can help ease your suffering. We asked flu experts the best ways to work through a flu to have you feeling better, faster. Read more »
After last year’s flu shot turned out to be a dud, many patients are hesitant to get their flu shot for this new season. However, doctors are assuring American citizens that this year’s flu shot should prove to be more effective, and are recommended that everyone get their vaccination by the end of the month. Read more »
A medical emergency is defined as an acute injury or medical condition that required immediate care. These conditions can pose an immediate risk to a patient’s long-term health. When experiencing a medical emergency, you need to first determine whether it is classified as a major emergency, which can be potentially life threatening, or a minor emergency, which is not. Here are a few examples of each type of emergency. Read more »
Every year, approximately 6.8 million bones are broken in America. Bones can be broken for a variety of reasons; a fall, rough sports, or even a twisted ankle. However, it’s not always clear when an injury has left you with a broken or fractured bone. Here are a few signs to look out for when checking to see if a bone is broken. Read more »
When a medical emergency strikes, many patients believe the emergency room is the only option. However, a trip to the emergency can often last hours, and leave you with a pricey bill to pay. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five visits to hospital ERs could have been treated at an urgent care center, saving $4.4 billion annually in health care costs. The typical emergency department visit costs about $1,500 on average, whereas treatment at an urgent care center costs under $150. But in times of emergency, it can be difficult to consider your immediate care options. Here are a few things that people often go to the ER to treat that can actually be treated at an urgent care medical center. Read more »
Labor Day, a celebration of the spirit and dignity of the American worker, has been a regular fixture in the United States since the late 19th century. It became a national holiday under President Grover Cleveland, and focuses on the American worker and the progress toward making work safe and rewarding for all. One of the rules unions fought for, and earned in all states in 1949, is workers’ compensation, a form of insurance in case of employee injury on the job.
As beneficial as they are, workers’ compensation laws are notoriously complicated. And for many occupations, the conditions that workers must satisfy can be burdensome, especially when trying to complete them with a hectic work schedule. But in order to be a responsible — and protected! — employee, it’s important to comply with all regulations for your industry.
For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires all workers who drive as part of their professions to obtain physical exams every two years, in order to verify that the worker can complete his or her job safely. This is part of a continuing effort to reduce risk on the part of employers who must insure their employees in case of injury during work.
If you are required to have DOT physical exam, here are some tips that can help save you time and get you back to work:
- Find a certified medical professional! Not all medical professionals are certified by the DOT to administer these physical exams. According to the DOT, there are only 42,930 certified medical examiners, out of a total of nearly one million physicians. All doctors at Phoenix Urgent Care locations are DOT-certified.
- Know your medical history and be well-versed on how you manage any health conditions. There are certain health conditions that could disqualify you if they are not managed properly, so be on the safe side and keep good records so you can prove you’re safe on the road.
- Schedule an appointment. These exams can take about half an hour on average, but according to Fox Business, the average walk-in spends more than 21 minutes in the waiting room. Phoenix Urgent Care locations are open 7 days a week, so it’s easy to find an appointment time that fits your schedule.
- If you have a condition or take a medication which could disqualify you from medical certification, be sure to submit your waiver well in advance. The DOT website says waiver requests could take as much as 180 days to be approved, and more if it’s not filled out correctly. Save time and stress by filling it out at least three months before you’ll need it.
- Pay attention to the expiration date on your certification, and don’t let it lapse! The amount of time your certification is valid can vary based on your medical history, and while the standard is two years, other possibilities include up to one year or a little as three months for health conditions that need to be monitored more closely. Drivers without a valid medical certification can be reported by their peers, and they and their employers could face punitive measures.
Labor laws and regulations may seem tedious at times, but they’re what keep the labor market safe and fair. Labor Day was created to celebrate the dignity of the American worker, so as we take to our grills and parties, it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re being a responsible worker and keeping your DOT physical certification up to date.
With the start of the Health Insurance market, Americans of all income and health statuses have access to new health insurance plans. However, many Americans may have trouble choosing the plan that is best for them. Understanding a health insurance plan means understanding the plan’s terms, including its premiums, copays, deductible, and out-of-pocket payments. If you’re having difficulty choosing a coverage plan, here are a few tips that will guide you through the process of applying for health insurance. Read more »
When a sudden illness or injury strikes, there may not be time to visit your doctor. Medical emergencies are any medical conditions that should be checked by a doctor within 24 hours. There are two options for those who need immediate care: a hospital’s emergency room, or the local urgent care medical center. But what is the difference between the two options? Read on to learn more about the two different types of medical centers, and which one you should choose for your medical emergency. Read more »
Your social life isn’t the only thing that will suffer from too much time spent online. Worldwide, as many as 420 million people are addicted to the Internet — and that addiction may have a direct impact on their physical well-being and overall health. According to CNN affiliate CBN Live, “People with greater levels of internet addiction had around 30% more cold and flu symptoms than those with less problematic internet usage.” Read more »
Whether you’re looking for your first primary care doctor, moving into a new area, or are dissatisfied with your current medical care provider, finding a new doctor can be overwhelming. You want a doctor you can trust, who helps you feel comfortable talking about your health issues. But how do you know if a doctor is any good? Here are a few tips that can help you find the right doctor. Read more »
Now that August has arrived, that can only mean one thing — it’s time for the kids to start heading back to school! But did you know that August is also National Immunization Awareness Month? Getting immunized against infectious diseases is important for your health, as well as the health of those around you. And with the start of the new school year just around the corner, it is especially important for your child’s health that they are up to date on all their vaccinations. At Phoenix Urgent Care we can help get you and your child any necessary immunizations. Here are a few reasons immunizations are crucial for good health.
Immunizations Protect Your Child
Immunizations protect your child against infectious diseases. They can even save your child’s life. If your unvaccinated child is exposed to a disease, their immune system might not be strong enough to fight it off. This can result in illness, and in some cases, death. With immunizations, your child gets protection without getting sick.
Immunizations Protect Others Around Your Child
Certain people cannot be immunized — children who are too young to get vaccinated, people who are allergic to certain vaccinations, people who can’t be vaccinated because of medical reasons like having a compromised immune system, as well as a very small amount of people who don’t respond to a certain vaccination. These people rely on others around them to be vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases. Since they cannot protect themselves, their best hope is for others to receive the proper vaccinations so these diseases spread as little as possible.
Immunizations Can Save You Money
Doctors visits, hospital visits and medical treatments for your child can quickly add up in your checkbook. Not to mention all the time spent out of work as you care for your child. Not only does getting your child vaccinated protect them against those diseases, but it can also save you and your family a lot of money.
Immunizations Protect Future Children
By vaccinating your children against infectious diseases, you are also preventing the spread of that disease to other people. Over time, if as close to 100 percent of the people as possible get vaccinated, certain harmful diseases could be completely eliminated from the population for good.
Phoenix Urgent Care is here for all of your back-to-school health needs. We can provide you with any immunizations you may need, as well as school physicals and even your yearly flu shot. We want you to stay protected and healthy throughout the upcoming school year!
When you start to feel under the weather, it can be difficult to determine if you’re getting an ordinary cold, or something a little more serious, like the flu. Every year, Americans get approximately 1 billion colds, but only between 5 and 20% come down with the flu. Knowing the difference between symptoms of a common cold and the flu can be crucial to getting the proper treatment, so here are a few ways to distinguish between the two.
There’s nothing worse than that feeling right before a cold. Headache, sore throat, and sniffles are telltale signs that you’ll need to spend the day at home in bed. Preventing a cold can seem impossible, especially since Americans get approximately 1 billion colds every year. If you can’t afford to take another sick day, here are a few ways to stop a cold dead in its tracks:
If your child is sick, it can cause a whole lot of complications. You have to take off work, they have to take off school, and there’s no telling when they’ll get better. A study showed that the average child catches between six to ten colds annually, making school or day care a breeding ground for germs. If your child is sick, it can be difficult to assess whether or not they should be taken to a medical center. Here are a few signs your child may need a bit more intensive attention.
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Americans may need to take medication during national or international travel for all sorts of reasons. Illnesses, chronic conditions, like asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes, injuries, and more can all result in a bottle of pills (or several bottles of pills) in your carry-on. Not knowing what to expect and what is or isn’t permissible for air travel can be inconvenient and stressful. Here are the facts according to doctors and pediatric care specialists:
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Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are a very serious issue. At the very least, STDs will give you minor discomfort such as an itchy rash. But at their worst, STDs can be life threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 19 million new STD cases each year. Here are some answers to questions you may have about STD testing, what it entails, and why you should schedule a test soon.
When an unexpected sickness or injury occurs, it’s best to treat it right away. While going to your local hospital’s emergency room might be your first instinct when dealing with inclement health issues, those visits can be costly. A typical emergency room visit costs an average of $1,500, which can start to get pricey after a few heavy colds. And since Americans get approximately 1 billion colds each year, those emergency room expenses can turn quickly turn into outstanding debt. Read more »
Whether it’s a few steps around your living room or a line dance with friends, dancing can have immediate health benefits, as well as long-term effects for life. Dancing is a popular, doctor-recommended activity that offers cardiovascular exercise, social interaction and other health benefits to keep you moving! Although the benefits vary based on the type of dance routine you choose, dancing is still a great way to keep your body healthy.
Mood Lifter – Whether you are in a depression that you can’t explain, or you’re angry at the world, the ability to lose yourself in dance can help lift any mood. The Mayo Clinic has cited dance-based exercises, such as Zumba, as great ways to boost your mood.
Stress-Reliever – Dancing gives your mind something else to focus on, allowing you to slowly de-stress and concentrate on feeling better. Dancing also releases endorphins in the same way that running does, giving you the same elevated feeling at the end of your workout.
Self-Monitor – When you dance, you gain better awareness of your body and how it moves. You can feel what parts of your body need more activity and what parts need to be strengthened. By learning your body’s limits, you learn how to prevent injury and will know if something doesn’t feel right later on.
Improved Muscle Tone and Weight Management– Depending on the routine, dancing can provide concentrated exercise to specific areas on your body, as well as full-body exercises. Ballet, for instance, consists of holding various poses which work deep muscle tissue across the entire body. A more lively dance routine like the salsa or tango targets your waistline and hips.
Improved Flexibility and Balance – Daily and even weekly dancing can help you find your center of gravity and make balancing easier. Healthguidance.org says that certain dance activities can work to strengthen the smaller muscles that play a big role in your ability to balance.
Improved Self-Confidence– Whether it’s mastering a routine or learning to feel comfortable in public, dancing with a group or with a partner can help you build self-confidence. Dancing can be both a social and private event, allowing you to grow comfortable in your own skin and comfortable around others.
Stronger Heart– AARP found that dancing not only strengthens your heart and lowers your risk of high blood pressure, but it also decreases your risk of a stroke. Ballroom dance and salsa
Anyone who suffers from allergies knows the frustration that comes with what seems like every spring and fall. Did you ever stop to think about why it’s during those seasons? Most of us don’t really let that cross our minds. We just know when to hope for the best, and try to get through the season with as little discomfort as possible.
To learn more about why allergies impact us during specific times, check out an article that we contributed to.
If you want to learn more about allergy treatment, then contact us today.
Don’t waste time waiting at your family doctor’s office dreading the look they’ll give you when they hand over your STD test results. Don’t submit yourself to their inevitable speech about how cute and innocent you used to be when you were a toddler, and just look at you now, etc. Your doctor stopped being allowed to have an opinion about your personal life when you hit puberty, and your personal life became personal.
When people think of dating apps, there are notable annoyances involved, including unsolicited images of body parts, cheesy pickup lines, and even rude commentary. According to USA Today, though, dating apps aren’t just leading to the occasional boring dinner date — they are also being blamed for the rise of sexually transmitted diseases in certain areas around the country.
It’s often been said that health is wealth, and this sentiment has been proven to be quite true time and time again. Everyone knows the miserable feeling of being under the weather; you’d do just about anything to feel better again and all that matters is getting back on your feet. Luckily, urgent care facilities can help you do just that.
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Over the course of the last two decades, the American healthcare industry has undergone a series of significant changes within its infrastructure. Aside from the passing of the Affordable Care Act which mandated that all U.S. residents carry some form of health insurance, urgent care clinics have grown to represent one of the fastest-growing segments within the American healthcare system.
Although health insurance has become more of a political issue recently than anything else, there is one important thing to remember: insurance coverage may be all about financial issues when you read about it on paper, but when you (or family members) are sick or injured, having health insurance — or not having it — can make a big difference in the amount of immediate care you can receive. Whether you tend to seek medical care from a physician’s office or a local university medical center, health insurance is important. Consider these key points for a moment:
Now that the spring weather has finally started to arrive, relief seems to be spreading non-stop. After an ultra-cold winter season where as much as 20% of the population came down with a nasty case of the flu, and the average child came down with about six colds, the arrival of warmer weather is definitely welcome. But for millions of Americans, the spring season also comes with one very unpleasant consequence: allergies.
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It’s estimated that about three million people visit urgent care centers each week in the U.S., seeking treatment for medical conditions like broken bones (which number approximately 6.8 million in the U.S. each year) or serious cases of the flu (which can affect up to 20% of the population each year). But urgent care clinics are also becoming popular medical centers for routine checkups and lab work, with an increasing number of businesses using employer services offered there.
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Random aches and pains that appear seemingly without reason, and always in the weirdest of spots, are just a part of life. If you ran to the nearest walk in clinic or immediate care center every time you felt a little bit of a ache, you’d probably spend the majority of your life in waiting rooms and exam rooms.
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With this season’s influenza virus sandwiched in between the Ebola crisis in 2014 and the (ongoing) measles outbreak that began about three months ago, it’s hard not to worry about staying healthy when you’re in a crowded office environment. Although you unfortunately can’t stop your coworkers from coming into the office right after they’ve been diagnosed with strep, there are a few things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick in the workplace:
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Immediate care medical centers are growing by the hundreds each year — in fact, it’s estimated that there are well over 6,800 individual urgent medical centers across the country today, serving an average of three million patients each week and employing thousands of doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and a variety of other medical specialists.
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Urgent care centers represent one of the fastest growing segments in the American health care industry, and considering that urgent care clinics across the country treat a collective three million patients on any given week, it’s easy to see why these clinics are great options for medical care. If you’re on the lookout for a new urgent care center, here are three important things to keep in mind:
Staying healthy and active during the winter months definitely isn’t an easy task. You don’t have to be surrounded by piles of snow during the winter to justify feeling a little less motivated to go running outside, and you don’t have to be interested in traditional winter sports like skiing and snowboarding just because the opportunity is available. What matters is that you get out and get active — and here are a few reasons why this is so important:
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Now that we’re in the middle of the 2014-2015 cold and flu season, there are plenty of articles discussing the seriousness of this season’s flu — many health analysts have admitted that this year’s flu vaccine hasn’t been as effective as expected, due to multiple different strains of the virus popping up that weren’t included in the vaccine. More than anyone else, young children, senior citizens, and pregnant women need to be aware of the risks of contracting the flu, even if they received a vaccine earlier in 2014.
Let’s get this out of the way first: urgent care centers aren’t taking over the entire healthcare industry and replacing hospitals or primary care physicians — in fact, there are many medical conditions that require treatment in a hospital’s emergency room, and health experts have always argued that going to a regional medical center and having a regular family physician, whom you see for basic checkups, is the best way to prevent illnesses and/or catch illnesses before they get too serious.
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February is the height of cold and flu season, and millions of Americans come down with a cold at least once each year while anywhere between 5% and 20% of all Americans come down with the flu. If you go out in public and interact with other people at all, it can seem nearly impossible to avoid coming in contact with the germs that cause cold, the flu, and a variety of other illnesses.
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A new year may have just begun, but when it comes to the cold and flu season, we’re right in the middle of the same virus and infection outbreaks that began back in October of 2014. Health officials generally estimate that anywhere between 5% and 20% of Americans will contract the flu each year, and according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of flu cases is likely to be on the higher end of the spectrum for the 2014 to 2015 flu season.
There are few people around who actually don’t look forward to at least one winter sport or outdoor activity as the weather starts getting colder, but a lot of people forget that winter sports can be just as dangerous as summer sports; even with multiple layers of puffy coats and fur-lined boots, it’s very possible to encounter bruises, sprains, and broken bones after engaging in a winter activity. In fact, according to 2010 research from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 440,000 patients were treated, in just one year, at hospital emergency rooms, urgent care centers, or university medical centers for sports-related injuries. More specifically,
Everyone knows that “winter” is synonymous with “the cold and flu season,” but getting a stomach bug and taking a few days off work isn’t the only medical problem you’re likely to encounter. In fact, most medical centers note that they see a huge increase in patient visits during the winter months with a variety of health problems — and many of these problems require immediate care and treatment from a medical professional.
The popularity of urgent care centers boomed this year due to the Affordable Care Act allowing more Americans to afford health care and the Goldilocks-esque model of health care that urgent care centers offer. They are neither as expensive as the emergency department, nor do they require as long of a wait as seeing a primary care physician. The problem is that a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians found that many people make poor choices when choosing between urgent care and the emergency department.
Americans are well into the 2014-2015 cold and flu season, but so far, it hasn’t gotten much media attention compared to previous years — probably because of the worldwide panic attack that occurred when the Ebola virus started claiming thousands of lives in African countries, and then started travelling across land and sea, into other countries (including the U.S.).
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You may associate snowy winter months with colds and the flu. While these conditions do flair up this time of year, they are far from the worst that can happen. In fact, Americans are more likely to slip, trip, and fall within the next few months than at any other time of year. Here are a few ways to keep your footing, and prevent a trip to the emergency room or 24 hour urgent care center.
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So you or your child suffer from severe food allergies. That doesn’t have to mean worming your way out of every single holiday party, family gathering, and Christmas dinner at your mother’s house. Enjoy the holidays and enjoy special treats and seasonal favorites, even while navigating tricky food allergies. Here are a few pointers.
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For some of the more sickness-prone people out there, the holiday season usually isn’t “the most wonderful time of the year.” As if the cold weather wasn’t bad enough, the stresses of the holidays (specifically, those painful family dinners) can really add up and take a toll on your body.
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There used to be a big stigma surrounding STD and STI tests, but luckily, that stigma is slowly starting to fade. Healthcare officials aren’t the only ones realizing that sexually active adults should have the ability to monitor their sexual health, and the number of medical centers offering affordable and accessible STD testing is increasing every year.
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If you take a prescription medication regularly, you probably already know that not having access to your medication is the easiest way to ruin any trip or vacation. But if you don’t take medication on a regular basis, you’re more likely to forget about packing over-the-counter OTC medicines for small emergencies.
It’s very likely that the Fall of 2014 will forever be associated with Ebola. For better or worse, the entire U.S. is gripped by the possibility of an uncontrollable epidemic sweeping the nation, and this certainly isn’t the first time that American media outlets have sensationalized a current healthcare concern — remember the Swine Flu (H1N1), or SARS? Most Americans certainly recognize the names, but it’s unlikely that specific details about the illnesses will still be on the tip of your tongue.
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Long gone are the days when health care and politics were two separate businesses. Whether you like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), despise the ACA “Obamacare” fiasco, or whether you’re still not even sure what the ACA is, health care reform has again taken prime spots in news broadcasts and on websites.
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Well, it’s that time of year again: Cold and Flu Season. And this year, just like every year before, you’ve promised yourself that you are going to stay healthy. You’re going to get through the holiday season without getting one of those colds that keeps you in bed for a week and eats up your vacation days. I can do this! you tell yourself.
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Ebola: the one word that comes to mind right now when “healthcare” is mentioned. There’s no getting around the fact that Americans’ fear factor of the virus has jumped exponentially since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed at the end of September in a Dallas, TX hospital. And while it can certainly be argued that so much media coverage on the disease is only increasing anxiety, the real possibility of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. has served as a catalyst for an industry that gets ignored all too often. As quoted by one Boston Globecorrespondent, Dr. Sandro Galea of Columbia University has stated that Ebola is “a wake-up call to the world.”
In the past, people suffering from injuries or ailments had to decide between going to a local emergency room or waiting to schedule an appointment with their primary care doctor. Over the years, however, urgent care centers have become a more popular choice for people seeking immediate medical attention. Urgent care centers are an ideal choice for people who have non-life threatening medical issues, but still require immediate attention. These centers often treat broken bones, sprains, respiratory illnesses and gastrointestinal problems. As urgent care locations become more abundant across the country, they are becomingly increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Read more »
You’re probably heard about urgent care centers, and you may even live or work near one. But when it comes what urgent care centers actually do… well, if you’re like most people, then you probably aren’t entirely sure what urgent care is for. Here’s a quick guide with just a few of the basics behind what it means to offer “urgent care”:
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Although urgent care centers have been around the U.S. since the 1970s, it seems that the urgent care movement has only become very popular in recent years. There are currently an estimated 6,800 urgent care clinics around the U.S., and this number is constantly increasing. In fact, it isn’t hard to find news stories that discuss how hospitals are noting that a lot of patients have begun seeking treatment at urgent care facilities instead of hospital ERs.
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You’ve probably heard about urgent care centers before, and you may even drive by one on your daily commute. But it wouldn’t be uncommon to say that, despite knowing that urgent care clinics exist in your area and offer high-quality medical care, you’d still choose to go to the hospital emergency room or wait for your doctor’s office to open up to seek medical treatment. Why? Because you aren’t really sure what urgent care centers are for. How do you know when a medical problem is simple enough for urgent care, or whether you need an ER?
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The benefit of urgent care clinics is that they specialize in treating emergency medical issue that aren’t life threatening.When you or a loved one is sick, there’s one thing that you absolutely need to have (and it’s not medicine or tissues) — it’s convenience. You need to be able to seek treatment when you need it, rather than waiting around until the time is right for your medical center. This is precisely why so many people seek medical treatment at the emergency room in their local hospital. What many ER patients don’t realize, however, is that there’s another option for emergency medical treatment: an urgent care center.
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Have you heard about urgent care recently? Chances are, you’ve at least heard the name floating around — even if you’ve never really been sure what an urgent care center does. Behold, the answers to all of your unspoken questions!
No one likes being sick. Okay…maybe Ferris Bueller does. For everyone else, however, being sick means taking time off work, waiting in a doctor’s office or emergency room, and just generally being miserable. But before you frantically speed to the hospital, think about going to an urgent care center instead. There are approximately 6,800 urgent care clinics in the U.S. alone, so there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find an urgent care center near you. And just in case you’re not so confident about an urgent care center, here are a few things to make you think again: Read more »
Too many Americans visit ERs with relatively routine ailments, such as cold and flu symptoms. In fact, 48% of people at the ER admit that they are not sick enough to warrant emergency or immediate care. They crowd into already packed ERs for one reason: traditional doctor’s offices are closed.
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Some hospitals may start charging patients upfront if they visit the emergency room with routine and/or non-life-threatening conditions. “A growing number of hospitals have implemented the pay-first policy in an effort to divert patients with routine illnesses from the ER after they undergo a federally required screening,” Kaiser Health News reports. Patients may be asked to pay $150 before receiving care or treatment — if they are not seriously injured or ill and the establishment is owned by the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA).
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A visit to the emergency room may leave you struggling to pay the bill months — or sometimes even years — later. “The average emergency room visit now costs 40 percent more than a month’s rent,” The Washington Post reports. What’s more, the exact total of your bill may vary dramatically. Read more »
Urgent care centers are one of the fastest expanding sectors in the American health industry. The first urgent care clinic was introduced in the 1970s. Currently, there are around 9,000 immediate care centers in the United States. The average center sees around 340 patients each and every week. Read more »
Your urinary tract is the part of the digestive system that makes urine and carries it out of your body. It includes your bladder, kidneys and the ureters, the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. When germs get into this system, they can cause an infection. Read more »
Every single year, more than 12 million people need to receive stitches for lacerations caused by accidents with knives or other sharp implements. Around 7 million people break bones that need to be treated, and about 200,000 people are hospitalized due to complications and problems that occur from influenza. This means that a large portion of the population seeks emergency care when an accident or illness arises. Read more »
According to a new study by the University of Washington, children who enjoy school, have friends that stay out of trouble, and who grow up in a well-managed household, report fewer STDs — sexually transmitted diseases — once they reach young adulthood.
Believe it or not, urgent care centers are also anonymous STD testing sites. You may not think that this is that big of a deal, but between the social stigma of getting tested and the dire need for it, urgent care centers provide a relieving solution.
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Urgent care continues to become a practical option for folks looking for convenient, cost-effective healthcare treatment. Additionally, more urgent care centers are expanding their services. For some, that includes adding point-of-care dispensing (which allows patients to receive their prescriptions directly at the clinic site), and for others, it’s branching out into x-ray imaging. Getting an x-ray done at an immediate care center is just like getting one done at a hospital or a doctor’s office.
When your life’s not in danger, it’s better to look into your urgent care options instead of venturing to your nearest ER. Since recent stats show that there are currently 110 million ER trips every year, you’re doing both yourself and the nice doctors and nurses at the hospital a favor by venturing to urgent care instead of the ER. But how will you know when that time has actually come? Luckily, you have these four signs to watch out for.
“Health center services save money and lives by treating diseases before they become chronic conditions, require hospital care or require a trip to the emergency room,” Congressman Tim Murphy has said. It’s an important point that helps explain why urgent cares have seen a resurgence Read more »
If you have a medical emergency, you obviously need to get to a hospital immediately, but what if your injury or illness isn’t all that serious? Yes, it demands medical attention, but it’s not exactly life threatening. Say, for example, you’ve twisted your ankle, or come down with the flu, or you maybe need a couple stitches. Read more »
Our hero awakens in the cold dark of 4 a.m., chest tight and nose dripping. His throat feels engulfed in flames, and no amount of water from the faucet will soothe it. He’d been feeling something coming on for days, but thought maybe he could sleep it off. He couldn’t.