Of late urgent care centers have become more and more popular among people who don’t want to wait for an appointment with a doctor, and instead are looking for instant walk-in medical services. According to the Adelaide Research and Scholarship journal article – “Time scarcity: another health inequality?”, people need time to access health services, build close relationships, exercise, work, play, care and consume-all activities that are fundamental to our health. However, the article further states that another impact of time scarcity may be the prevention of activities and behaviors critical for good health. Today, everyone is busy. They have time for tweeting and driving (hopefully not together) but have little time for their health and family. As such, due to a lack of time or otherwise, many people are delaying or going without care for illnesses or injuries that need treatment. For these people, a visit to an urgent care center may be a logical and reasonable solution for when they have an illness that is not life threatening. An urgent care center can help them save time for the other pressing things in life. There is no reason to wait for an appointment to consult a family doctor when their next available appointment is weeks away, or wait for hours at a hospital emergency room. In most circumstances, you would probably prefer to see a doctor who is aware of your constraints and has the time to give you personalized attention.
For a patient with time constraints, what is better than a doctor who can see you at a moment’s notice? There is a marked difference between today’s society and previous generations. While previous generations were healthier and had to deal with perhaps a more limited number of more serious diseases, today we are fatter, sicker and weaker and also have to deal with a myriad of diseases and ailments. However, notwithstanding all these negative factors, we are fortunate to have many great options and alternatives in our healthcare system; starting with primary care to secondary care, tertiary care, home and community care or public health. In addition, we have general hospitals, emergency rooms, primary doctors, and urgent care centers to cater to our every health care needs. Interestingly, Darwin’s theories of evolution regarding the survival of the fittest seems to still hold good today, yet now it is the best and most timely service which receives the most attention. Urgent care centers, as a relatively new option, have been gaining in popularity as they present a great alternative to patients whose primary concerns are time and money. In spite of their growth, many remain ignorant of urgent care as a better alternative to other more traditional facilities and thus end up spending more money and time than necessary seeking care. By taking the time to discover which service truly best suits their needs and circumstances, patients can easily take care of the health and well-being of their family.
Many people seem to resist change, even positive changes, for no rhyme or reason. There are always improvements being made in the allocation of resources for more efficient utilization of those resources and thus better results, yet many people find a comfort zone and refuse to venture out from it. In simple terms, life-threatening medical issues are meant to be handled in hospital emergency rooms for obvious reasons, whereas minor and common diseases and injuries can best be handled in urgent care centers as these centers are created, designed, and equipped for such issues. Yet people continually return to an ER for treatment that could best be handled elsewhere, all because they are either unaware of their alternatives, or because they are unwilling to examine those alternatives and find a better option.
Urgent care centers are well equipped to treat any minor trauma quickly and generally at a cheaper cost than other medical facilities. You will still see the same type of doctors who are found at hospital emergency rooms, meaning they are board-certified and typically have emergency room experience. Urgent care centers are also well staffed with a highly committed and dedicated support and nursing staff who are specialized and trained for the purpose of dealing with such common medical issues. Times change and we need to change accordingly. Urgent care centers are a great alternative for our modern times.