Health Care Decisions Should Also be Wise Consumer Decisions
Everyone gets sick or injured at one time or another. When these sicknesses and injuries occur, however, everyone also has a different way of reacting. There are families who love to boast that they never go to the doctor. There are families who have their physician and pediatrician on speed dial, and there are families who make the expense mistake of heading to a hospital emergency room even when it is not necessary.
In today’s rather confusing world of health care, it should come as no surprise that more and more people realize the importance of being a wise consumer, even as they as dealing with illnesses and injuries. In a time when many people have health care options for the first time through the efforts of Affordable Care legislation that has been passed, there are also families who are paying higher copays and deductibles than they have in the past. It should come as no surprise then that before becoming a patient, many consumers carefully consider their options.
For those who are looking for affordable, convenient, and reliable care, urgent care clinics are often the best option.
Urgent Care Clinics Offer Affordable and Convenient Care
Medical walk in clinics offer a wide range of services. From x-rays to flu shots to sports physicals to strep tests, many of the health care needs that most families have can be found at a near by walk in clinic. Consider some of these facts and figures about today’s urgent care industry and the impact that it has on both the nation’s health and economy:
- 85% of urgent care centers are open every day of the week.
- 20,000 physicians practice urgent care medicine today
- The most common diagnosis in an urgent care center in 2012 was an upper respiratory condition.
- The most common procedure in an urgent care center in 2012 was wound repair.
- 80% of urgent care centers provide fracture care.
- 3 million patients visit walk in health clinics each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
Whether you are a family who rarely gets sick or a family that has your doctor on speed dial, it is important in today’s economy to make health care decisions that are economical, convenient, and reliable.