Ten Reasons to Visit an Emergency Room Instead of an Urgent Care : Speed

Ten Reasons to Visit an Emergency Room Instead of an Urgent Care : Speed

An emergency room can handle any injury or condition at a moment’s notice, regardless of severity. The emergency room will assess and treat you immediately, whereas you might have to wait for hours at urgent care. In fact, if you don’t have a life-threatening emergency and only require minor treatment, it’s probably better off visiting your primary care physician instead. Check out these ten reasons why. It’s always best to visit your local hospital’s emergency room when you are experiencing signs of a medical emergency like chest pain, difficulty breathing or severe bleeding. These signs indicate that immediate medical attention is needed and can easily be handled by medical staff at an ER in contrast to an urgent care center which is more suited for treating injuries such as sprains, strains and cuts which often do not require immediate attention.

If something is causing a great deal of discomfort but doesn’t pose any threat to your health then you should consider visiting a specialist. Some symptoms could mean more than one thing; there are times when something isn’t quite right with our bodies but it could just be something simple like acid reflux (heartburn) and we won’t know until we visit with a doctor. This kind of wait and see approach could save you from wasting time seeing multiple doctors before finally getting answers or having unnecessary testing done on you.
(In today’s healthcare system in America, there seems to be way too much focus on insurance coverage rather than proper patient care.)
If you are suffering from chest pain or other signs of a heart attack for example it is best to get yourself to a hospital ER fast so that you can receive treatment as soon as possible. Visiting an urgent care center instead might not necessarily mean that you will end up waiting longer but it could lead to some confusion and even inconvenience depending on how busy your nearest hospital’s emergency room happens to be. If you think about it when choosing between visiting your primary doctor or going straight out to see a specialist; if either one was open then wouldn’t they both have been able to help? You would have saved time by getting treated right away instead of having unnecessary wait times while at urgent care.

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