Did you know that emergency room visits in the United States now number approximately 110 million annually? However, many people visit emergency rooms for injuries and illnesses that are not truly emergencies, often because their doctors’ offices are closed or they are unable to get an appointment. In fact, only 29 percent of primary care doctors have after hours coverage .In the case you can’t get an appointment with your doctor, you might consider visiting an urgent care facility, also known as a walk in clinic, such as a Lynnwood walk in clinic, an Everett urgent care facility, a Seattle walk in clinic, an urgent care kent wa facility, or urgent care Burien WA.
The urgent care movement began in the 1970s in the United States, but has grown exponentially around the globe since then. One of the drivers for the growth of the urgent care industry is the increasing caseload of primary care physicians, which leads to difficulty scheduling appointments, longer wait times and decreased time spent with each patient. Urgent care centers and walk in clinics, such as a Lynnwood walk in clinic, concentrate on the evaluation and treatment of acutely arising conditions for a wide range of patients. However, they are increasingly providing lab services, x rays and routine physicals. In some states, urgent care centers even have point of care prescription dispensing to ensure that the patient can receive his or her prescriptions before leaving the center. Conditions commonly treated at an urgent care center or walk in clinic, such as a Lynnwood walk in clinic, include sprains and strains; fractures; upper respiratory illnesses; gastrointestinal conditions such as food poisoning; lacerations; and concussions. Also note that an urgent care visit is much cheaper than going to an emergency room: The typical emergency department visit costs an average of $1,500; while treatment at an urgent care center costs, on average, under $150. Overall, if you need medical attention, consider a Lynnwood walk in clinic. Save emergency rooms for true emergencies.