Positives of Urgent Care
There are many positives of going to an urgent care center rather than the emergency room or your primary care doctor for either non-life threatening emergencies or simple procedures. The emergency room can be expensive and you can wait for hours to see a doctor. Your primary care physician may not be able to see you right away or you may not want to see them for something simple like a blood pressure test.
Services Provided by Urgent Care Clinics
Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care offers a variety of services, six days a week, for your convenience. These services include:
- Travel vaccines
- Blood pressure testing
- Occupational healthcare services
- Sports physicals
- Primary care
- Various medical testing
- Immigration healthcare services
- Diagnostic testing
Why Would You Want to Utilize an Urgent Care Clinic?
Some reasons you may want to go to urgent care rather than the emergency room is for a sprain, stitches, a minor animal bite, a minor fever, an ear infection or anything else that is not life threatening. At the same time these medical issues are severe enough that you need to see a medical professional right away.
If your primary care physician is busy or you have a medical need on a Saturday, a walk-in clinic is the perfect alternative to the emergency room. If you are seriously injured or ill you should always go to the emergency room. Some reasons to go to the emergency room include difficulty breathing, chest pains, broken bones and loss of consciousness.
The Financial Benefits of Using an Urgent Care Clinic
Insurance companies charge hundreds of dollars for an emergency room co-pay. However, with urgent care you pay the same co-pay as you would if you saw your primary care doctor. This can save you hundreds of dollars. If you are uninsured, you may be tempted to go to the emergency room for a minor illness or injury because you do not have a primary care physician – however, the bill from an emergency room visit could be $500 or more. At Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care our rates are much more reasonable and you do not have to wait hours in a waiting room.
An Alternative to Your Primary Care Physician
A walk-in clinic can also be an alternative for your primary care physician in instances where you need a simple medical procedure done such as a flu shot, blood test, or blood pressure test but do not want to wait for weeks for your primary care physician to have an open appointment. If you do not have a primary care physician Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care offers many primary care options such as diagnostic testing and other health care services. The difference is that we are open for longer hours for your convenience.
There are many positives to an urgent care center compared to the emergency room or primary care center. It is a much lower cost alternative to the emergency room both for insured and uninsured patients and can provide more convenience than your primary care physician with better hours and quicker times to get in to see a medical care professional.
Call Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care Center today at 615 896-6446 today to answer any questions you may have or visit them directly at 451 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Or reach the Smyrna, TN location at 615) 459-4686 or visit them directly at 121 Mayfield Drive Smyrna, TN 37167.