With the Affordable Care Act, more Americans have access to healthcare. However, with rising costs, patients are demanding new ways to receive lower cost, quality healthcare.
No matter the name – Urgent Care, Walk-in Care, Immediate Care, or Convenient Care – the focus is on treating patients quickly, affordably and in convenient locations. These Centers treat injuries or illnesses that require immediate care, but are not serious enough to warrant a visit to an Emergency Department/Emergency Room. The distinguishing factors of urgent care are that medical care is delivered on a walk-in basis, with no appointment needed, and most are open 7 days a week with evening and weekend hours.
Urgent care should not be considered a replacement for emergency care, which remains the best option for emergency, life-threatening situations.