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What is the role of urgent care in today’s healthcare system?

Joane Goodroe
Nursing
Urgent care plays an important role in our healthcare system.  Urgent medical care is needed when someone becomes sick or has an accident that does not require emergency care.   Many people may go to an emergency room when an urgent care facility would have been quicker and also costs a lot less money.   Some things an urgent care facility may handle include eye irritation, sore throat, cough, and skin rashes.   There are some urgent care facilities that have x-ray and diagnostic lab equipment.  They may see minor bone fractures and other accidents or injuries.   Check with your insurance carrier for a list of providers in your market.  The advantages of an urgent care facility over an emergency room is faster service at a much cheaper cost. 
Urgent care often serves as the entry point to healthcare for those who are not already under the care of a primary care physician or need immediate convenience.

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