The urgent care model is growing in popularity, with about one in four Americans reporting that they’ve visited a walk-in clinic in the last two years. However, urgent care clinics are underutilized compared to emergency services, even though the average person is not more likely to have a medical emergency. Patients often don’t completely understand the difference between emergency centers and urgent care, and so they err on the side of caution by going to the ER.
With that said, many emergency center visits are actually unnecessary. Anywhere from 44-65% of emergency room trips are minor ailments that could have been treated in an urgent care. Not only does this end up costing patients more money, but emergency room visits also have longer wait times, particularly for patients who come in with flu-like symptoms such as a fever or itchy eyes. Patients with acute and/or obviously l Continue Reading