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Do I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?

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EmergHospital emergency departments are set up to focus on medical emergencies. They are not set up to focus on routine health care. If you go to the emergency department for a problem that is not an emergency:

It will cost a more than it would at your doctor’s office or a walk-in clinic. A trip to the emergency department for an earache, for example, may cost three to four times as much as it would at your doctor’s office.
You will probably spend a lot more time there than you would at a walk-in clinic or doctor’s office.
You will get care from a doctor who has probably never seen you before. It’s always best to get as much of your care as you can from a doctor who knows and understands you.

Go to the emergency department if you think you are having a medical emergency. That’s what the emergency department is for.
Otherwise, call your doctor’s office first, or go to a walk-in clinic. It will save you money and time.

CLICK HERE for the full article. Thank you WebMD.

 

One thought on “Do I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?

  1. This is like one of those big life questions: “Do I need to Go to the Emergency Room?” I never know when something is serious enough that I need to go to the emergency room. I also really don’t want to waste money for emergency care if my problem can be addressed at a doctor’s office. Thank you for this article. I gives me a good sense of when it is appropriate to visit the emergency room.

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