Reasons to Go to a Health Care Clinic Instead of an Emergency Room


Accidents and illnesses happen, and it's typically when you least expect it. When you or your children get hurt or suddenly develop a fever, the first thought for many people is to go to their local emergency room. While some health care situations do warrant a trip to the emergency room, many do not. Health care clinics also provide quality health care, and they can often handle accidents and illnesses that would prevent you from having to sit in the waiting room of the emergency room for hours, especially if the reason you are at the emergency room isn't life-threatening. If you need care for a non-life-threatening issue, here are a few reasons to visit a health care clinic instead of an emergency room.


Going to the emergency room typically means you will need to drive across town, find a parking place in the garage, and then sit and wait in a crowded waiting room, sometimes for hours. Health care clinics provide quality health care and are often found throughout the city; sometimes they can even be found in local drugstores or grocery stores. Although you may have to wait for a little bit, the wait time is generally significantly less than in the emergency room.

Less Expensive

Health care clinics provide the same quality health care as an emergency room, but for less cost. Going to the emergency room can end up costing you thousands of dollars, but a trip to your local health care clinic is often less than a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the nature of your visit. If the reason for your visit requires X-rays or other tests, the cost may be slightly higher; however, when you go to an emergency room, you are automatically going to be billed more just for being in the emergency room. Co-pays are also generally less expensive at a health care clinic than in the emergency room.

Fewer Sick People

Health care clinics have fewer people in the waiting room than there are in an emergency room, which means there are fewer "sick" people waiting with you in the waiting room. Many people waiting to be seen at a health care clinic are there for routine physicals, vaccinations, or mild injuries, so there is a lower risk of you catching a virus than if you were in the emergency room.

If you are unable to get an appointment with your family physician and your illnesses don't require emergency treatment, health care clinics are able to provide quality health care when you become injured or sick. If you are experiencing a heart attack or other serious illness or injury, you should call 9-1-1 or go to the closest emergency room; however, if your reasons for medical attention aren't life-threatening, a visit to your local health care clinic may be the best choice.

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