Urgent Care Clinics
Urgent care clinics are a good option for people who cannot wait for an appointment at a doctor's office. These clinics are often open for longer hours than physician's offices and often offer same-day appointments. They are also often more affordable than standalone emergency rooms. However, it's important to keep in mind that urgent care clinics don't keep extensive records of patients' medical history. Therefore, you should always bring any pertinent medical documents to the clinic. Urgent care clinics treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions. They are usually equipped with X-ray and lab facilities. Some urgent care centers are even adding more advanced diagnostic equipment. Most urgent care clinics have physicians on staff. The medical staff is trained to treat common, non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. It's estimated that 40 percent of patients who visit hospitals' emergency rooms don't need high-level emergency care. While urgent care clinics are a great option if you don't want to spend the money to visit a doctor's office, make sure to make an appointment before you go. If you don't have an appointment, you can still expect to wait for a long time. However, the wait time can vary widely depending on the number of people in line ahead of you. Many urgent care clinics don't prescribe certain medications. This includes certain medications, including painkillers, narcotics, anti-anxiety medication, and many more. Moreover, some urgent care clinics only accept certain prescriptions, and you'll have to visit a physician if you need a refill.