Where should you go to get care?
We all know that healthcare can often be very costly. However, knowing your choices when seeking medical attention could help to lower those costs. Below are three (3) options for care to consider the next time you have a health issue.
Contact your Primary Care Provider $
Your primary care physician should be your primary source of contact for all non-emergency issues. This will be your most affordable health care option. A visit to your PCP will be a fraction of the cost that you would be required to pay at a standard emergency room.
Your primary care provider is fully equipped to handle your preventative, routine, and minor health issues which include:
- Vaccines and flu shots
- Colds, earaches and sore throats
- Wellness tests and annual health screening
- Minor bruises, cuts and burns
- Sprains, muscle strain and fatigue
- UTI’s, bladder infections and minor skin conditions
- Treatment of headaches (such as migraines) and other pain
Urgent Care Center Visits $$
The reasons to visit an urgent care center is for urgent treatment of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. They are ideal for issues that occur outside of normal business hours. For example, Paz Medical is opened 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
These conditions could include:
- Minor fractures
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Earaches & Ear Infections
- Bruises and Contusions
- Minor infections
- Flu, Colds, Coughs, Fevers & Respiratory Infections
Emergency Room Encounters $$$
The dreaded emergency room is meant for life threatening illnesses, major trauma or injuries that could include:
- Chest pain
- Head trauma
- Loss of vision
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe abdominal pain
- Sudden weakness or trouble speaking
- Difficulty breathing
These three facilities are all staffed with licensed healthcare professionals. However, you should carefully consider your condition and the level of service that you will need, when deciding where to go.
The urgent care and emergency room can both be costly and differ based on the severity of the health problem. If the case is life-threatening, call 911 and go to an emergency room as soon as possible. For minor illnesses and injuries, the urgent care may be a better option.
The difference between both and your Primary Care Provider is in your long-term care and health maintenance. You visit your primary care doctor to prevent diseases and illnesses that could develop into life threatening cases in the future. Frequent visits could be the difference that helps you save discomfort, money and wasted time due to prolonged illness