Urgent Care or Emergency Care?

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.