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We offer an update that explores the growing popularity of Urgent Care visits in relation to patient’s emergency care needs.  In fact, urgent care centers are filling an important role in meeting consumer needs in our fast-changing health care system, providing a convenient alternative to costly emergency room visits and three-weeks-from-now appointments at a doctor’s office.  

But even as their popularity grows, there are still some common misunderstandings about urgent care centers. Let’s take a minute to clear up some myths that we can all cast aside.

Read Updated story: 5 URGENT CARE MYTHS YOU SHOULD STOP BELIEVING

MYTH 1: URGENT CARE CENTERS ARE ONLY FOR DIRE EMERGENCIES

Truth: While a typical urgent care center can treat typical medical emergencies, they are also set up to handle more routine health issues that family physicians have usually treated.

Urgent care centers handle many routine health problems that aren’t life-threatening: cold and flu symptoms; infections; and cuts, burns, and bites.

Your nearest urgent care center may also provide preventive care, including vaccinations and flu shots, physical and gynecological exams, drug screenings and even well-baby checkups.

The urgent care movement passed an important milestone in 2017 when the term was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Click here for 5 URGENT CARE MYTHS.

“5 Emergency Room Myths Busted” was written by Natania Barron and originally published in 2014 

Editor’s note – 12/1/17: the article has been updated to reflect changes in health care trends.

 

Chris Privett

About Chris Privett

Chris Privett is a communications specialist at BCBSNC, assisting the company’s leaders with speeches and presentations. Chris has a particular interest in sharing stories about BCBSNC’s role as a committed partner in North Carolina’s communities. His communications career began in 1990 in television news, later transitioning to public relations roles in nonprofits.

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