Many people are receiving the wrong types of care. While dealing with a medical situation, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed and confused. Unfortunately, this confusion creates a huge problem that affects both patients and those caring for them. In this post, you’ll learn more about the growing problem emergency rooms across the nation face.
Not Knowing Where to Receive Care
You’ll typically find many emergency rooms throughout the United States are quite crowded. Unfortunately, this is often because many people awaiting care don’t need to be in the ER. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted a study regarding this problem. The results of this study found that 48% of adult emergency room patients that weren’t sick enough for hospital admission visited the ER because their doctor’s office was closed. Those without medical insurance often visit the emergency room because they don’t have a doctor of their own.
Placing Strain on Emerge
Emergency doctor visits can happen for just about any reason, from over-night ear infections to post-accident check-ins. While offices are often mistaken for your typical emergency room, most agree that a trip to an urgent care is often more beneficial than a visit to the ER. Why exactly is it that these smaller urgent venues are so much more convenient, flexible, and helpful than the standard emergency room?
The answers are simple. In comparison to the ER, which can take hours on end in the waiting room before you even get to see a doctor or nurse, an urgent care clinic has a faster turnaround. Most wait times for visits in an urgent care never exceed 60 minuets. In fact, 57% of patients report having to wait 15 minuets or less to be seen by a medical professional. This quicker waiting room turnaround means that, from the moment you are in the door, you are already that much closer to being evaluated, assisted, and sent on your way to recovery.
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