If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening condition, please call 9-1-1 right away!
Urgent Care facilities are an affordable and convenient option for non-life threatening conditions outside of your primary physician’s standard business hours. With evening weekend and holiday hours Synergy Health Care treats urgent medical conditions without the need for a costly emergency room visit. However, it is extremely important to understand that not all conditions can be treated at an urgent care facility and sometimes your health issues or injuries require emergency care.
Many patients don’t know the difference between emergency and urgent care, and you do not want to wait until a critical situation arises to find out!
When is Emergency Care Necessary?
Emergency room visits are deemed necessary when a patient “is suffering from a life-threatening or limb-threatening medical condition” Emergency care is intended for when you believe your life is in jeopardy. Unfortunately not all symptoms can seem life threatening when they first arise so if you have experienced any of the following you should visit an emergency room or call 911 as a precaution:
- Signs of heart attacks, such as severe chest pain
- Persistent chest pain or abdomen pain
- Signs of stroke, including sudden onset of numbness in limbs
- High fevers or fevers with a rash
- Severe shortness of breath
- Severe wounds and amputations
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Difficulty speaking or mental confusion
- Loss of vision
- Convulsions or seizures
Benefits of urgent care for non-life threatening conditions:
Urgent care is substantially more affordable that emergency care. This is because emergency rooms are required more doctors on staff at a time and have advanced medical equipment to treat more conditions. Typically your insurance plan does not cover much of your treatment especially if your condition was diagnosed by the emergency facility as non-life threatening.
Most health insurance plans cover urgent care services and for those with no insurance you can make reasonable cash payments.
Although urgent care facilities are not open 24 hours a day like emergency rooms, they do offer extended hours past your normal doctor’s business hours. Have you ever gotten sick on a saturday morning and realized you had to suffer through the weekend to see your doctor on monday? Urgent care solves that issue with weekend hours, and evening hours for more time sensitive issues that pop up after hours.