The health care industry is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of modern society. Unfortunately, the rising costs and long wait times associated with many aspects of the current health care system have led to companies exploring new and unique ways to diagnose, treat, and care for patients. One of the biggest developments in the medical field has been the exponential popularity growth of urgent care clinics, or walk in clinics.
Urgent care walk in clinics have actually been around for years, since at least the 1970s, but it wasn’t until recent times that their popularity really started to explode. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, not the least of which could be argued as rising costs and the fast-paced always on-the-go world we live in. Let’s face it, the Millennial generation was made for this style of health care.
Here are a couple of the most important benefits of walk in clinics and why you should consider checking one out for your next medical needs.
- Availability and Convenience: Most users would probably sya the overall style and convenience of urgent care clinics is what makes them incredibly attractive. Families are pulled in so many different directions these days it can be nearly impossible for a parent to find time during “traditional” doctor business hours to take themselves or their children in to be looked at. With urgent care clinics, many are open 24 hours a day and even the ones that aren’t usually stay open until at least 8 or 9 o’clock at night. This, in addition to not having to schedule an appointment (because really who plans when they’re going to get sick?) are one great benefit of walk in clinics.
- Affordability and Costs: Another popular reason for choosing urgent care is due to the fact that the services are generally less expensive. The same condition will usually cost more (sometimes hundreds of dollars more) if you receive the diagnosis at a hospital/emergency room than at a walk in care facility.
- Professional Care: Despite the lower costs and easier access, urgent care facilities are equipped with highly trained, certified, and professional staff members. The majority of them even have full-time physicians on hand at most hours of the day. These are far from “fly by night” sketchy institutions.
Whether it’s a sudden illness or accident that results in something like a fractured or broken bone, walk in clinics provide a great option for care for these three reasons.