AFC Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms in West Chester, PA
When You Should Use an Urgent Care Center Instead of an ER.
Unavoidably, illness or injury strikes our lives at the worst times: You cut your finger slicing a bagel. Your ankle twists as you climb the stairs. Or, you wake up to a crying child with a high fever.
The only thing worse than your bleeding finger, sore ankle, or crying child, is the thought of sitting in the emergency room for hours. And you haven’t even begun to picture the bill that will arrive in your mailbox weeks later.
Emergency rooms are a vital, life-saving resource to our communities. However, it is important that they are used when you a have a medical emergency.
ERs are required by federal law to provide care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. When patients do not have the necessary funds to pay out-of-pocket costs, ERs are placed under tremendous strain. The average cost of the 10 most common types of visits to the ER is $1,233. An estimated $18 billion could be saved annually if patients with non-life-threatening problems utilized urgent care centers instead of ERs for their medical needs.
Seventy-three percent of Americans say that they have no access to their primary care doctors at nights or on weekends.2 If a primary care doctor is unreachable, patients assume they must visit the ER, even for non-life-threatening issues, like strep, x-rays, and minor stitches. AFC Urgent Care bridges the gap between your primary care doctor and ER services.
When to utilize AFC Urgent Care instead of an ER:
- Abdominal Pain
- Back Pain
- Bleeding from accidents, cuts, or falls
- Broken bones
- Ear pain
- Eye irritation
- Minor Car Accidents
- Skin rashes
- Sprains or strains
- STD tests or treatment
- Sore throat
- Urinary burning
- Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration
- Emergency Room
- Breathing Obstruction
- Major Car Accidents
- Convulsions or seizures
- Difficulty breathing
- Drug overdose
- Knife or gunshot wound
- Loss of limb or severe broken bone
- Pregnancy – severe abdominal pain
- Serious head, neck, or back injury
- Suspected Heart Attack or Stroke
Medical debt is the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. The top three reasons for ER visits in 2012 were sprains and strains (6.1 million visits), upper respiratory infections (5.9 million) and superficial cuts (5.8 million), all problems that could be handled by AFC Urgent care for fractions of the time and cost.
AFC Urgent Care is here to help with your non-life-threatening medical concerns. We participate with most insurances, have affordable self-pay options, and are here to help you get back on your feet quickly without breaking your budget.
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