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How Urgent Care Can Benefit You More Than You Know

February 20, 2017
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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.

The first urgent care centers were founded by doctors on the basis of goodwill. The problem was that too many people were neglecting their health because they lacked insurance, time, or simply the desire to go to the doctor and care for their body. Going to the doctor felt like an inconvenience. In fact, for many people, it still feels like so.

Urgent care centers started out treating minor illnesses and injuries. Think of cold and flu, maybe a sprained ankle. Now, with the development of technology, urgent care clinics can provide all of the same services as a primary care physician’s office and many of the same services as an emergency department at a hospital.

Here are just some things that an urgent care facility can provide that you may not have known about:

  • STD testing
  • Pediatric care
  • Fracture care
  • Department of Transportation physicals and evaluations
  • X-rays
  • Routine examinations
  • Travel immunizations
  • Laceration or minor trauma care
  • Vaccines
  • Pre-operative screenings
  • Prescription dispensary for non-chronic conditions/li>

Medical professionals who work at urgent care centers are still conducting these services on the basis of goodwill. Most clinics are owned by doctors with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for high-quality care at affordable prices.

One of the greatest perks of an urgent care center is that you do not need to make an appointment to visit. While doctor’s appointments can be tough to schedule and emergency room services are expensive and reserved for serious illness and injury, most urgent care services operate with extended hours to make sure that you are able to see a doctor on your own schedule without a long wait ahead of you.

Urgent care clinics are still somewhat of an unsung hero among medical centers, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t any less qualified or useful. If you’re suffering with a mild to moderate illness or injury and are having trouble getting the care that you need, visit AFC/Doctors Express urgent care in Phoenix from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week, 365 days per year.