Urgent Care vs ER
Doc-Aid Urgent Care provides minor injury and illness treatment for adults and children over the age of 3 months and up at a lower cost and shorter wait time than an emergency room visit. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients locally in Laredo TX, Ranchos Penitas West TX, Islitas TX, Botines TX, Nye TX, and Webb TX and throughout the state of Texas via our Telehealth option.
Unpredictable ailments and illnesses are unavoidable. When problems like these arise and you or a loved one needs medical attention fast, where do you go? Urgent Care or Emergency Room? In recent years, Urgent Care Clinics have become extremely popular and sought after by many patients in need. Partly due to their accommodating convenience and partly due to the level of care they can provide, urgent care clinics are sweeping the nation.
All too often, something happens out of the blue. Your son or daughter gets sick or injured after hours, or you slip on the stairs bringing the groceries home. When life goes a little off track, and your primary care doctor is unavailable, urgent care and walk-in clinics are equipped to treat all non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. If you are experiencing a life threating emergency, call 911. Otherwise, before you step foot into the daunting world of the Emergency Room, take these helpful tips into consideration.
We’ve all been there…
Waiting for hours upon hours in the waiting room of the ER, hoping your name will be called next. Wait times in the emergency room can seem outrageous. On average, the wait time is between 1 – 2½ hours. We know, nobody has time for that. Emergency room doctors see patients by priority, which is to be expected. At urgent care facilities, doctors see patients on a walk-in, first come first serve basis. Wait times to see a doctor and get the medical attention you need are between 15 – 20 minutes and they can treat a number of different ailments.
And get this…
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey estimates that 1/3 – 1/2 of all ER visits can be treated by urgent care clinics. Treating conditions like allergies, mild asthma, laryngitis, the flu, chicken pox, and urinary tract infections are only a few of the conditions urgent care clinics can treat. So before you waste valuable time waiting to be seen by an ER doctor, check out more of what we treat at DOC-AID Urgent Care.
But, let’s not forget the most important part…
After your tediously long stretch at the emergency room, having being seen by only 1 or 2 doctors, the next thing you know is your medical bill is almost as much as your mortgage. Charges you have never heard of accruing costs you were never aware of. The median cost of an emergency room visit is about $1,255 whereas the average cost of an urgent care visit is between $70 – $125. This is more than 5x the cost, for the same care. So next time one of these unpredictable injuries or illnesses occur, think of DOC-AID Urgent Care where we can save you time, money, and unnecessary headaches. Our goal is to treat headaches, not make them.