The rise of popularity of medical urgent care can partially be tied to convenience. With people being busier and busier, it can be difficult to find the time to take care of your health concerns. On top of that, illness and injury do not take time off just because your physician’s office is closed. Urgent care centers offer a flexible schedule that is convenient for nearly all working people. Roughly two-thirds of medical urgent care centers are open before 9am, with a good proportion also being open on Saturday and Sunday. The last thing you want when hurt, or just feeling under the weather, is to sit around waiting for medical attention. Fortunately, 60% of urgent care facilities have a wait time of 15 minutes or less and 80% of visits are 60 minutes or less. You’ll be home and on the road to recovery in no time!
This flexibility is especially important when it comes to pediatric urgent care. The little ones don’t always wait until your family doctor’s office hours to get sick, or injured, and not everything is appropriate for the emergency room. For those sports injuries and sudden illnesses, medical urgent care is the best option. With 65% of all medical urgent care centers having a physician on-site at all times, you can be secure in the knowledge your kids will receive the best possible care. Compared to the emergency room, urgent care for kids is both time and money saving. And an urgent care center is a lot less scary for the kids. They’re already not feeling their best, why add to the stress with a trip to the hospital?
According to the CDC, just under a half of adult ER patients were not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, they simply sought treatment in the emergency room because their physician’s office was closed. Visiting a medical urgent care center is not only more convenient, it always reduces traffic in emergency rooms leaving room and attention for those who really need it.
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