Category Treats injury and illness

Urgent Care Centers The Bridge in the Health System

Local emergency clinics

Urgent care. It is a phrase that conjures up an image of hospital rooms, with patients sitting on beds with a white cloth put over them. It is a phrase that denotes ill health, a series patients with serious illnesses that need to be treated. A red cross perhaps. But it also a form of treatment that serves many patients. It is the bridge in medical care.

Urgent care began in the 1980’s, when there were only two options for medical care: the primary care physician and the hospital. Patients were forced to choose between those two options and both had detriments. A primary care physician generally needed appointments to see people. Same day appointments were rare. And the hospital was expensive.

Today, urgent care forms

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