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What is Urgent Care?

Urgent care is recent medical trend that is quickly gaining popularity. But what is urgent care, exactly, and why would a person visit an urgent care clinic instead of the emergency room?

Here’s a brief introduction to the subject “What is urgent care?” that details the advantages of this newer form of medical services.

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is the term for medical services that are provided on-demand, usually on a walk-in basis, for medical conditions that need immediate care but that don’t necessarily require the medical services of an emergency room.

What is urgent care designed to do?

Urgent care services are designed to provide treatment for non-life-threatening conditions while avoiding wait and the expense of a visit to the emergency room.

What is urgent care vs. emergency care?

Emergency care is for serious or life-threatening medical conditions, especially conditions that may require immediate surgery or treatment from a variety of specialists. Urgent care is for more minor illnesses and injuries that can benefit from immediate attention, but that don’t rise to the level of requiring emergency services.

What is urgent care’s greatest advantage?

Urgent care clinics can provide patients with faster service that traditional doctors’ offices, and without the lengthy waits typically associated with the emergency room.

What is urgent care at CareWell?

CareWell Urgent Care centers provide urgent care services at 17 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and in Warwick, Rhode Island. At CareWell, patients can get treated without an appointment and can usually see a clinician in as little as 15 minutes.

What is urgent care’s cost at CareWell?

CareWell accepts Medicare, Medicaid and all major insurance plans. Co-pays are usually about the same as a trip to see a primary care physician – much lower than the cost of going to the emergency room. For patients without insurance, CareWell offers affordable self-pay options.

What are urgent care services from CareWell?

CareWell clinics are open 7 days each week and feature extended hours at many locations to provide patients with immediate medical attention.

CareWell clinicians treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Colds, fever, flu and other ailments.
  • Injuries and accidents.
  • Bug bites, rashes and other skin conditions.
  • Allergic reactions (non-life-threatening)
  • Children’s illnesses and injuries, for kids age 6 months and older.
  • Vaccinations, including flu shots.
  • Health screenings and routine physical exams, including sports physicals.
  • Occupational medicine services, including drug testing, DOT physicals, workers’ compensation services and more.

Each CareWell clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and an on-site lab, enabling CareWell clinicians to perform a chest X ray, an EKG test, an ultrasound and other diagnostic tests on the spot.