You don’t want to wait in the waiting room… If you have ever been to an Emergency Room (ER), you have probably experienced the the long wait. Typically, you are waiting for hours in the waiting room or a bed within a crowded clinic. When the doctor finally sees you, they speak to you quickly for 10 minutes. Then you have to wait some more, even for a glass of water. The doctor may or may not follow up with you regarding your results. If you feel well enough to leave, you have to wait to get discharge papers. The long ordeal often takes at least half a day, and most of the time you are waiting alone or with a loved one without help. Urgent care clinics have shorter wait times.
You don’t have a life-threatening emergency.... Urgent Care clinics assist patients with an illness or injury that is not risking your life or a limb but requires urgent or immediate attention.
You need to be seen at a time your doctor is not available… Urgent care clinics like WhiteCoat are open at night, weekends and most holidays when most other clinics are closed.
You don’t have a way to get to a doctor… Some patients may call 911 simply because they need transportation. With WhiteCoat, a medical provider comes to you within a few hours without extra fees.
You’re concerned about exposing yourself to other’s germs… By staying home, patients avoid contact with other sick people with potentially contagious diseases. This is especially important for individuals with compromised immune systems, either from a chronic disease, or simply during a time of illness.
The costs of an urgent care visit are, on average, less expensive than a visit to the emergency room. Lots of insurance plans may bill you out of pocket if you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack or stroke. Urgent care, however, is far more likely to be covered by insurance. That means lower co-pays and costs out-of-pocket.
You are pretty sure you know what you have…. You just need a test or prescription. For example, you have had strep throat a million times before and you just need a throat culture. You call WhiteCoat while resting in bed. In a couple of hours, a medical provider is at your door to provide a throat swab, spends 30 minutes to 1 hour discussing your symptoms and medical history, and sends your antibiotics prescription for strep throat to your nearest pharmacy so you can pick it up ASAP.
So if you are experiencing any of the following medical conditions, consider calling WhiteCoat for a medical provider and save yourself the frustration of going to the ER.
- Accidents and falls
- Sprains and strains
- Moderate back problems
- Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
- Bleeding/cuts -- not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
- Eye irritation and redness
- Fever or flu
- Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
- Severe sore throat or cough
- Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
- Skin rashes and infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Minor burns
For a more comprehensive list of services that WhiteCoat treats regularly, please see www.getwhitecoat.com/services.