One way that individuals in the New York City area have been able to avoid extremely long wait and treatment times and exorbitant medical costs at hospitals is to go to their nearest urgent care center. The promise of low cost and quick treatment for nonlife-threatening injuries and health ailments is a big convenience and draw.
The downside to urgent care facilities for some individuals is the risk of being harmed and receiving inadequate care. Medical errors are the cause of “10 percent of deaths across the country”, states HopkinsMedicine.org. Patients do not always receive the same level of care and treatment at urgent care centers that they would receive at hospitals.
Before going to urgent care treatment centers instead of hospitals and their primary physicians, patients should take into consideration the following factors.
- There is the possibility that they may not see an actual doctor.
- Proper diagnostic and follow-up treatments may not be ordered.
- They may not receive the scope and quality of care they require.
- Diagnostic errors are more likely to occur.
Bear in mind that medical errors can occur in any health care setting. Patients should not blindly give their consent without knowing the facts about their conditions. If they do not understand things or are in need of information, they should speak up to receive it. Patients should also carefully weigh if they would be better off going to their doctors or emergency rooms before rushing to their closest urgent care centers. Life-threatening injuries and serious ailments are best suited for emergency rooms.