For many years, patients have turned to their local hospital’s emergency room whenever they suffer an unexpected injury or illness. Over time, however, the wait time and the crowded rooms at many emergency departments have caused people to look elsewhere for their immediate treatment needs. This is where urgent care facilities can be of particular assistance. These treatment centers offer high quality, low cost treatment for many patients.
An emergency department should only be used in a genuine medical situation that could pose a life-threatening risk to the patient. Despite this, many patients have begun using the ER whenever they are in need of general medical care, leading to longer wait times in the emergency department.
On the other hand, urgent care is available for any medical condition for which you would normally see a doctor. The main advantage of urgent care is that you can access it late into the day or early in the morning, and on weekends. This extended service schedule makes the urgent care facility an ideal emergency care alternative.
One of the biggest benefits of using an urgent care facility is the minimal wait time. Depending on when you visit an urgent care clinic, you might not have to wait to be seen at all. Even better, once you check in at the front desk, you can often receive a visit from the doctor much faster than you would at the ER.
When you enter the urgent care facility, you will probably see a sign that reads ‘Most Insurance Accepted.’ This means that your insurance plan is probably valid at the clinic, but it is still wise to check with the front desk about the office’s insurance policy.
At Portland Urgent Care, we make it our goal to provide quality walk-in medical care to all of our patients with no appointment needed. Dr. Mark Hosko and his staff have experienced to provide a wide range of medical services, including minor emergency care. If you suffer from a sudden injury or illness in the NE Portland area, why not stop by our Hollywood district clinic and experience the high standard of treatment we offer?