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Emergency Room or Urgent Care Facility?

Photo: Emergency sign outside a hospitalWhen it comes to your health, you want the highest quality of care. But when you need urgent care, does top level care have to mean top level cost? Not since the advent of urgent care facilities as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms. If you or a loved one is in need of urgent care, how do you know if you should turn to an emergency room or to an urgent care facility?

First, if you are dealing with a potentially life-threatening issue including heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding, breathing problems, severe abdominal pain, or loss of consciousness, you need treatment at an emergency room immediately. However, other nonlife-threatening issues can be treated at an urgent care facility. As a matter of fact, 80% of issues handled at an emergency room can actually be treated at an urgent care facility. In addition, many healthcare procedures handled by primary care physicians can be treated at an urgent care facility.

Why choose an urgent care facility for these issues? Well, did you know that the average emergency room wait time is 2.4 hours, and the average cost for an emergency room visit is over $1300.00? Additionally, patients in the ER may wait even longer in their rooms while the staff attends to more traumatic cases. But at an urgent care facility, costs and wait times are considerably less. Since urgent care facilities don’t treat life-threatening illnesses or accidents, patients are not forced to wait so more severe cases can be treated.

In the Dallas area, the best place for urgent care is Hillcrest Medical. Many of our patients also choose to make our doctor their primary care physician. Come and check out our facility and meet our doctor and staff. We’re here to help you now, and we’re here for all your future urgent care needs.

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