EMERGENCY ROOM VS. URGENT CARE
Emergency Room or Urgent Care: Where should I go?
When to go to the Emergency Room
First and foremost, the ER is meant for true emergencies and is equipped for nearly any type of medical emergency. Emergency rooms are found at most hospitals and they are typically open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emergency rooms can handle trauma, x-rays, surgical procedures, and other life threatening situations. Visit the ER for care when you experience any of the following:
- allergic reactions to food, animal or bug bites
- broken bones
- chest pain
- constant vomiting
- continuous bleeding
- severe shortness of breath
- deep wounds
- weakness or pain in a leg or arm
- head injuries
If you have a true emergency go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
While the ER can help care for any medical situation, it comes at a steep price. The ER costs an average of three times more than a visit to the urgent care. In a non-life threatening situation, you can most likely be treated at an urgent care.
When to go to Urgent Care
Did you know the wait time for a typical visit to the emergency room in Arizona can sometimes take a few hours and carry a high price tag? It's true! Visiting an urgent care center is a great alternative where you will be treated quickly while saving money.
Most urgent care centers are equipped to handle non-life threatening situations that you can typically find at your doctor's office. Most urgent care centers are open late and on weekends and holidays. A true urgent care center will be staffed with doctors and nurses who have access to x-ray and a lab onsite.
When you need immediate care but you do not have time to see your doctor, urgent care can help you with common conditions such as:
- flu and cold
- coughs and sore throat
- high fevers
- vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
- cuts and severe scrapes
- broken bones
- minor injuries and burns
- sports injuries
- and more
Cigna Medical Group Urgent Care Centers
In fact, Cigna Medical Group has a urgent care center conveniently located near you that is open late, 365 days a year. Find one of our urgent care centers.
When you visit a Cigna Medical Group urgent care center you will be treated by one of our board certified doctors who can help you start feeling better faster. And, with pharmacy, imaging and lab services available under one roof, you don't have the hassle of driving around town to get the care you need.
If your condition isn't an emergency, consider giving a Cigna Medical Group urgent care center a try - we'll take great care of you. And, you'll be glad if you saved yourself time and money!