Check with First Opinion Before Going to Urgent Care
Before searching for an (extremely rare) 24-hour urgent care center, you can talk to a First Opinion doctor immediately. First Opinion doctors are available 24/7 – even on holidays. Keep reading to see how we can help.
Whether you’re on vacation, or staying local, taking an unexpected trip to the doctor on a holiday weekend is the last thing you want to do. Not only are most primary care offices closed, but urgent care facilities will likely have reduced hours and staffing. Even if you make it in before early holiday closing hours, there are a few reasons you might want to reconsider other treatment options:
It will cost you. If you’re without insurance (or on high-deductible health plans), you likely must cover the entire cost of a visit. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, visits to the ER can easily cost more than $1,000, while the average cost of a visit to an urgent care center hovers around $150. Even if you do have insurance, average copays for urgent care are $75-100 and $200-$300 for the emergency room.
There will always be a wait. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a care provider quickly. However, a quarter of ER visits have a wait time of over an hour, and a third of urgent care visits have wait times over 20 minutes. Note that this doesn’t include the time you spend with care providers.
You didn’t actually need treatment. While we all know that many emergency room visits are unnecessary (88% of visits don’t need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment), 24 hour urgent care facilities face similar overuse.
88% of ER patients aren’t admitted to the hospital for treatment after visit.
The American Medical Association estimates that nearly 70% of physician visits could have been treated with over-the-counter medicine.
With First Opinion, you have a better option that avoid these roadblocks.
For just $39, our doctors can diagnose, prescribe, or order labs (like bloodwork) so that you can get back to enjoying the holidays with your family or friends. Here are some of the things First Opinion doctors can help you with:
- Foodborne illnesses
- Sinus infections
- Birth control (new prescriptions and refills)
- Poison ivy rash
- Medications for international travel
- Minor injuries
- Common eye conditions like pink eye or styes
Start with a simple back and forth chat and get the help you need fast. Check in with your doctor today!