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What illnesses and injuries can be treated at an urgent care center instead of an emergency room (ER)?

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You might avoid a long wait and save a lot of money by going to an urgent care center instead of the ER. These centers can handle many illnesses and injuries that used to be treated only at an ER, such as:

  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts that require stitches

SOURCES:

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "ED vs. Urgent Care."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: “When Should Urgent Care Services Be Used?”

Nemours Foundation: "Going to the Emergency Room."

Families USA: "The Patients' Bill of Rights."

Academic Emergency Medicine: "Rising Annual Costs of Dizziness Presentations to U.S. Emergency Departments."

FAIR Health: "Out-of-Network Docs at In-Network Hospitals."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Nationwide Children's Hospital: "ED vs. Urgent Care."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: “When Should Urgent Care Services Be Used?”

Nemours Foundation: "Going to the Emergency Room."

Families USA: "The Patients' Bill of Rights."

Academic Emergency Medicine: "Rising Annual Costs of Dizziness Presentations to U.S. Emergency Departments."

FAIR Health: "Out-of-Network Docs at In-Network Hospitals."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

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