If you are sick and need to see your doctor, you should consider going to an urgent care clinic instead. Below is information about three reasons why you should do this, so you can decide where you want to go to get your treatment.
Offers Flexible Hours
Most urgent care clinics have flexible hours. In many cases, they open much earlier than a traditional doctor's offices and are also open much later. Some urgent care clinics are open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. This will allow you to go to the doctor before or after work, so you will not have to miss any work.
Offers a Variety of Services
Besides offering basic medical care, such as for sinus infections, colds, flu, etc. the urgent care clinic offers a variety of other services you may not be aware of. For example, they often offer physicals, such as school or work physicals, blood work, and will do drug tests if your employer requests one from you.
If you think you have sprained or broken a bone, many urgent care clinics have X-ray machines available. If the problem is a broken bone, they may be able to put a cast on you or provide you with a type of brace. If you require physical therapy for an injury talk with an urgent care clinic in your area to see if they offer these services.
Save You Time and Money
You will not have to worry about setting up an appointment as these clinics are generally walk-in clinics. Even though there may be some cases where they will have a lot of sick people in the waiting room, you will also find many cases when they are not busy. Many clinics have more than one doctor available so that they can treat people quickly.
If it is after hours or on the weekend and you go to an emergency room if you are sick, this will result in a large medical bill. With an emergency care clinic, you will only have to pay the co-pay of the insurance you have, or you could pay out of pocket if you prefer.
Call an urgent care clinic in your area when you are sick to learn much more about them. They can also tell you if they take your insurance and, if not, what they will charge for your visit.