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Is there a need to have an urgent issue or can you just use it instead of your PCP? what is the charge to use a urgent care facility? Are they abused like the ER at a hospital?Trevor Slattery wrote:
Hard to believe so many people can't grasp the concept that these new facilities are not designed to replace actual Emergency Rooms Maybe its the name, they should call them Rapid Care vs Urgent
One of the biggest problems the AGH ER has (behind action shelter folks using it as a hotel) is that people go to the ER when the get the sniffles. this keeps resources from actual emergencies
Ambulances don't take MVA victims to a rapid care facility nor should you go to the ER for something not urgent
I recently went to one in Beverly. Intake, vitals, Dr exam and prescription done in about 40 minutes. no appointment Try that at your local PCP office, those are the folks that should be concerned
If it was not urgent why did you go to an urgent facility? Isn't that a misuse of the service?Trevor Slattery wrote:
My copay was the same as a PCP visit. It was not an urgent need however very convenient, quick
and efficient at 5pm with no appointment.
I cannot say enough good things about the experience and will use them again when needed.
No beef it is called urgent care I would think that that mean you have a urgent need. If there is no urgency need for your care why don't they just call it a walk in clinic?Fortune Cookie wrote:
Why would it be misuse?
They're basically walk-in clinics meant to handle issues for people without appointments. They cover more issues than the clinics in places like CVS, but don't offer emergency services.
Are you under the impression that they charge significantly more than you regular doctor would, and that your insurance would have to eat the cost, and this would drive costs up?
What, exactly, is your beef?
I think Da Man's issue is not with the urgent care facility, but with his insurance plan.Karly wrote:
Personal experience but I'm not interested in arguing the point. I think it is always best for someone to check ahead if they can. I have not had a bad experience in Mass and think they follow the standards well...though Da Man sounds like he ran into the problem in Western Mass with an urgent center billing like an ER and we certainly did in NH.