When Should I Go to Urgent Care vs. the ER?

For minor injuries and sudden illness, there is a better solution than a trip to the emergency room. The ER may seem like the most obvious place to go when something suddenly goes wrong, but in reality, the emergency room might actually be the last place you want to be.

Too many patients agonize in the waiting room for hours, waiting to be seen. Too many patients are sent home with nothing but a medical bill upwards of $1,000. Too many are told that there are more serious injuries being treated ahead of you, but you know that your problem is serious, too! If you are in pain and need immediate attention, don't wait. Go to a localurgent care facility where you will receive fast, cost-effective, high quality care.

What Injuries/Illnesses Are Treated at Urgent Care?

  • Sports injuries
  • Rashes
  • Sprain
  • Muscle strain
  • Insect bites
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration
  • Lacerations
  • Minor burns
  • Abdominal pain
  • Strep throat
  • Swimmer's ear
  • Sinus infection
  • Pink eye
  • Pneumonia
  • Migraine
  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infection

    *This list is not complete. For a full list see your local facility.

Other Services Offered at Urgent Care

  • Vaccines
  • STD testing
  • HIV testing
  • Employment health screening
  • TB testing
  • Hazmat screening
  • Flu shots
  • Spirometry Screenings
  • Ear cleaning

If you're not convinced that these urgent care facilities can help you get the treatment you need when you need it, then here are some important facts that might.

  • According to the Urgent Care Association of America, an estimated 3 million patients visit urgent care each week
  • There are currently 20,000 physicians practicing urgent care medicine
  • As many as 85% of urgent care centers are open seven days a week
  • The most common diagnosis at an urgent care clinic is upper respiratory condition
  • Four out of five urgent care walk-in clinics provide fracture care
  • At 90% of urgent care facilities, the wait time to see a doctor is 30 minutes or less
  • While the average cost of an emergency room visit is $1,354, the average cost of an urgent care visit is less than $150
  • In 2014, the Urgent Care Association of America introduced an accreditation and certification program for urgent care providers

Accidents happen and people get sick, and there is no time to wait. You will not find fast medical care at the emergency room. Urgent care patients are usually in and out within an hour, and treatment is the same as what you would get at the emergency room, if not better, due to the lower volume of patients.