Do I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?
Walk-in clinics are
often called "minor emergency," "urgent care," or "immediate care" centers.
They deal with all kinds of health problems and are often open in the evenings
and on weekends. You do not need an appointment.
These types of
clinics can be a great option when:
- You can't or don't want to wait for an
appointment at your doctor's office.
- You don't need the level of
care an ER provides.
Care at a walk-in clinic costs a lot less than care for
the same problem at an ER.
If it turns out you are having a true
medical emergency, a walk-in clinic will send you to the ER.
Unless you have a walk-in clinic in your neighborhood or already know
where one is, it may be hard to find one when you need it. So at your next
doctor visit, ask your doctor to recommend one. Check with your health plan to
see if it offers better coverage at some clinics than others.