When we say urgent care, we are actually referring to a kind of health care service that is provided to those who have medical condition or those who are suffering from an injury that needs immediate medical attention. Many people who have tried visiting urgent care claim that it is far affordable and less expensive that an emergency room. In usual circumstances, the medical care that is needed must be applied right after getting an injury or within twenty-four hours, starting from the time you got it, or else you will become sick. The next thing we want you to know regarding urgent care is that they are typically what you can call a normal clinic however, they are not attached nor affiliated with any hospital, though they may be on the same grounds as them. You may have not known it but there are lots of patients who visit urgent care clinics who already have physicians they regularly see but since they cannot keep in touch with them all the time due to their mismatching schedules or getting the time off right after the business hour of their doctor, they rely on these clinics for their basic health needs. When the medical condition or the medical illness of a patient is not as serious as they think it might be wherein they must be sent to an emergency room, there is nothing wrong if they send themselves to an urgent care clinic.
With regards to the history of urgent care, going back to the past, these types of medical clinics began to emerge in the 1970s and many times, health insurance companies are strongly encouraging and urging their clients to use this walk-in clinic in times when they feel like having their regular checkup or when they are in need of medical care, it does not matter if they do not have a regular physician or could not get into see them. It has been said that the main reason why health care insurance companies are encouraging their clients to use these walk-in medical clinic is because of the reduced cost. And also, there goes the fact that the patients will have their conditions treated prior to them reaching the emergency status and before they need to be brought down to the emergency room. One very good example of this is when you have a child who is suffering from a sore throat and then, that sore throat was treated within twenty four hours, this will come out as something manageable and can be treated by using medicine for sore throat together with some anti-biotic to prevent infection and all.