Urgent care is defined as a category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room. Urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit. The urgent care movement began in the US, but now urgent care centers are an important healthcare delivery component in other countries, including Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
When faced with minor medical emergencies, patients traditionally only had the choice between heading to a hospital emergency room or a primary care physician's office. But ERs involved very long waits in overburdened facilities and huge bills for treatment. Yet a primary care physician's limited office hours meant waiting weeks for an appointment, along with higher prices for care, little urgent care experience, and few on-site emergency services.
But now when minor injuries and illnesses strike, a growing number of patients choose the more affordable, fast, and convenient care of urgent care centers. MD Now has become the leading urgent care center for non-life-threatening health emergencies in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Recent research outlining the many financial and personal advantages of urgent care centers has been featured in MD Now's new infographic, "4 Reasons Why Urgent Care Centers are Perfect for Little Health Emergencies." It clearly shows why urgent care centers like MD Now are a healthier choice for less-serious medical emergencies.
Urgent care centers have provided high-quality medical care in the US for more than 30 years. Their appeal lies in the convenience of their extended hours, walk-in availability, more affordable costs, fast treatment times, and full range of on-site advanced medical services. All of these have contributed to their popularity, which has led to extraordinary growth, with new locations rapidly opening on a regular basis.
MD Now reveals some startling statistics about ERs compared with urgent care centers, including:
According to research, primary care physicians deprive patients of convenient extended hours, urgent care experience, and on-site emergency services. This leaves patients with high bills and weeks of waiting for appointments. In a comparison of trips to primary care physicians and urgent care centers, research revealed:
"Urgent care has gone beyond a mere alternative to hospital ERs and primary care physicians to become the first choice for many patients seeking high-quality medical care for non-life-threatening medical issues," said Peter Lamelas, M.D., CEO of MD Now Urgent Care Centers. "The greater convenience, speed, accessibility, and affordability of urgent care centers like MD Now have resulted in the rapid growth and popularity that is expected to continue in the future."
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