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3 Reasons to Consider Pediatric Urgent Care

December 10, 2015
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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.

One of the newer groups in which these locations are becoming popular with is parents seeking pediatric care. It’s a stark change from previous ways of thinking that placed a greater emphasis on having one primary care physician that can become familiar with a child and vice versa. While this relationship is still important in many ways, pediatric urgent care is an acceptable and sometimes preferable option for parents with an ailing child. Here are three reasons to consider an urgent care center for your next pediatric care needs.

  • Availability/Convenience: For the same reasons they’ve become popular with the hip generation, they can be beneficial to parents and kids as well. There are over 6,800 urgent care centers in the U.S. alone, meaning there’s a good chance there’s one located not far away from wherever you live. It can be hard enough to find time to take care of all the household chores, make dinner, and hold a full-time job. Throw taking care of a sick child into the mix and it’s a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, doctors offices are typically only open during normal business hours when most people will be working themselves. Instead of taking time off you can get the pediatric care your child needs at virtually any walk in clinic.
  • Less Time Waiting: One of the worst things about bringing a young child to a doctors office is the plethora of other illnesses they can be exposed to, not to mention the long wait itself. Generally these locations are not as busy, which means less of a chance your child will contract something while waiting to get treated. Even if there are others waiting, approximately 57% of patients wait 15 minutes or less to be seen, and about 80% of all urgent care visits involve a wait of 60 minutes or less, according to a survey by the Urgent Care Association of America.
  • Overall Costs: A sick child is nothing to play around with as it can turn into something serious fairly quickly. It’s one of the reasons many people resort to emergency room/hospital trips since their doctors aren’t open at night when they come down with something. You can get the same level of pediatric care at a fraction of the cost at an urgent care clinic. In fact, the typical emergency department visit costs an average of $1,500, while treatment at an urgent care center costs, on average, under $150.

Kids get sick all the time, it’s just a fact of life; the average child catches between six and ten colds a year. The next time yours does consider taking them to an urgent care center and save yourself some time, money, and hassle.