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Are Urgent Care Centers Good Places to Go for Pediatric Care?

May 11, 2016

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.

Urgent care clinics have been around for a long time in the U.S. — since at least the 1970s — but it hasn’t been until the last decade or so that they’ve really exploded in popularity and prevalence. AFC/Doctors Express has been one of the leaders in the industry that have helped propel these institutions into mainstream status.

Today, many people area now aware of these locations for themselves, but many still don’t realize they can be a great place to bring your young child in the event that some unfortunate sickness or condition develops. On average, Americans catch approximately one billion colds every year and kids are responsible for a good portion of them. In fact, the average child catches between six and 10 colds every year!

That’s a lot of potential time spent in and out of a doctor’s office, which can be costly and time-consuming. Here are a couple reasons to think about urgent care for your child’s next non-emergency medical ailment.

  1. Open Late: At AFC/Doctors Express, we know your life is busy enough as it is, throwing a sick child into the mix only makes matters more difficult. We’re open late (till 8 p.m.) so that you can still make it here even on days your child comes home from school not feeling well.
  2. No Appointment Necessary: Half the battle with scheduling a pediatric care appointment with your primary care physician can be the simple fact that they’re already booked full for a week or even longer. Unfortunately, as we all know, sicknesses don’t wait around for anyone. You could risk putting your child’s health into even more jeopardy by not getting them medical attention early. With walk in style urgent care clinics, it will never be an issue, as the average wait time is less than 15 minutes for over half of all visits (57%), according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
  3. Professional Pediatric Care: Nowadays, virtually all urgent care centers have at least one on-site physician who’s there most of the time. If the physician isn’t there, there will be a nurse, physician’s assistant or some other medical professional that will be able to give your child the care and treatment they need or be able to refer you to any specialist.

Urgent care is changing the health care industry in many ways by making it more affordable and accessible to a lot of people. Children are just one of the groups that stand to benefit.