Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: Know Where to Go for Care

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: Know Where to Go for Care

Find the Right Care at the Right Time

When you need medical care, you have a variety of options for seeking treatment from a provider. The best option can depend on the symptoms you’re experiencing and how quickly you need care. Knowing where to go can help you get the best care for your needs, while saving you time and money.

Urgent or Walk-In Clinic

Urgent care or walk-in clinics help fill a vital gap when you become sick or injured, your regular doctor is not available and you can't wait for an appointment.

Examples include:

  • Body aches
  • Chest congestion
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Earache
  • Fever below 104 degrees
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Strains and sprains
  • Toothache
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Emergency Room (ER)

Certain medical conditions are considered emergencies because they require rapid or advanced treatments including surgery or care for life and limb-threatening situations.

Examples include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Deep wounds
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Fever above 104 degrees
  • Head trauma
  • Heat illness
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Overdose
  • Seizure or numbness
  • Sever abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath

Did you know?

Many people use the ER as a place to receive care after hours for minor illnesses or injuries without realizing they have another option. Urgent care clinics include: 

  • Extended hours:  Urgent care clinics are usually open seven days a week and have extended evening hours.
  • Shorter wait times:  Most urgent care clinics have shorter wait times and can see you faster than the ER for minor conditions.
  • Cost-efficiency:  Urgent care visits usually cost a fraction of what emergency room visits do.

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