Do you need immediate medical attention for a minor injury? In the past you may have sought out emergency room care. But if the condition is not critical, this kind of visit can very costly and very time-consuming. It may be that going to an urgent care center makes more sense. After all, more than 80% of those who go to immediate care facilities are treated within 15 minutes of their arrival, according the Urgent Care Association of America.
Urgent care facilities rose to prominence in America in the 1970’s. Today, they remain a very accessible option for prospective patients. About 85% of facilities in the U.S. are open every day of the week, including weekends. Approximately one out of 10 of these centers are located in rural places.
There are many different kinds of conditions that can be treated at medical urgent care centers, from sprains and lacerations to concussions and food poisoning. Those of are dealing with upper respiratory issues may find urgent care to be particularly appropriate as well, particular when you consider that those sorts of infections were the most regularly diagnosed issue at American immediate care facilities during 2012.
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