Urgent Care

Main Points

  • Urgent care centers have a role to play in the health care system but are not a substitute for emergency care nor a solution to ER overcrowding. 
  • Urgent care centers are an option for common medical problems when a physician’s office is closed, but more serious problems require screening and treatment at an emergency department.
  • Urgent care centers typically have limited hours and less equipment and staffing than emergency departments.
  • Urgent care centers may be selective about which insurance they accept and typically require payment at the time of service.

Urgent Care Fact Sheet

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