Urgent Care: An ER Alternative in Phoenix
There are more than 300,000 people who visit an emergency room everyday in the United States, but not all urgent medical situations are emergencies that warrant a visit to the emergency room. Frequently, their medical problems are not true emergencies. Flu, earaches, sore throats, fevers, minor cuts & sprains, and sinus infections can all be treated in an urgent care clinic. Even so, these types of complaints are common among emergency room patients, which is what contributes to crowded ER rooms and wait times that can be in excess of 2 hours.
Urgent care clinics can offer quality care that is more cost effective with a lot faster wait times than traditional emergency rooms. Urgent care clinics and centers typically offer on-site services such as x-ray and lab and are usually open evenings, weekends, and holidays. Most ER Alternatives also accept health insurance as well.
Should You Go To Urgent Care Or The ER?
Urgent care centers are an excellent alternative for sudden illness and injuries. While your doctor’s office will require an appointment (which can take days to get) and is usually only open during the day on weekdays, our urgent care center is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. And while we are not an emergency room, we accept walk-in patients, usually with a much shorter wait, most patients are seen in under an hour, compared to over two hours at many ERs.
Since urgent care ER alternatives are intended to treat a more limited set of injuries and illnesses, without large teams of specialists, intensive care units, or sophisticated testing and imaging machinery, the operating costs are much lower than the hospital, greatly reducing the chance of being stuck with debilitating medical bills after your treatment. And most insurance providers will cover your urgent care (in-network) at a rate similar to your primary care physician, where you just need to pay the co-payment. Even if you are traveling or otherwise out of network, the costs will still be much lower than an equivalent ER visit.
While many minor emergencies are best treated at urgent care ER alternatives in Phoenix, there are some symptoms that can be a sign of a much more serious medical emergency. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
- Unusual abdominal pain
If you think your condition is life threatening or will worsen on the way to the ER, call 911. An emergency medical team will be sent to you.
Urgent Care When You Need It:
- Walk-in friendly
- Open 7-days a week 8am-8pm
- In-network for most Arizona insurers
- Open extended hours
- Has X-Ray and Lab onsite
- Staffed by Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners.