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5 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Urgent Care

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2016

According to the Urgent Care Association of America, “more Americans have insurance than any time in the past five years and urgent care centers are playing an important role in keeping up with the everyday needs of the growing patient-base.” With approximately 9,000 urgent care centers in the U.S., urgent care offices are more popular than ever with patients looking to receive convenient and affordable treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, vaccinations, and physicals. Highlighted below are five facts and stats that might surprise you about eMedical Urgent Care.

1. Convenient Hours

Eighty-five percent of urgent care offices are open seven days a week, with 95 percent closing after 7 p.m. At eMedical Urgent Care, we offer services at two locations: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, and Middletown, New Jersey and are open 7 days a week, including holidays from 8 a.m. until 8/9 p.m.

2. Faster Treatment

Urgent care centers can be overlooked in the frantic rush when an injury occurs, but if the injury is not life-threatening, you’ll receive faster treatment (at a fraction of the cost) at an urgent care office rather than an ER. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the total average ER wait time is roughly 2 hours, whereas urgent care centers are able to see walk-in patients within 15 to 45 minutes. Sixty-nine percent of urgent care centers have wait times of less than 20 minutes, 28 percent have wait times between 21 and 40 minutes and 3 percent have more than a 40 minute-wait. At eMedical Urgent Care, we pledge that, on average, you’ll be seen by one of our professional providers within 30 minutes.

3. Strong Community Relationships

The majority of urgent care centers — 61 percent — have been in operation for more than five years, with approximately 40 percent open for nine years or more. Fifteen percent have operated for three to five years, 16 percent for one to two years and 8 percent for less than a year. Since 1984, our physicians at eMedical have been building relationships with families within the communities we serve.

4. Lower Cost Per Visit

The average urgent care visit costs patients $70 to 125 for basic care, with additional costs added for shots, X-rays, labs, etc. The average emergency room visit can cost you over $1,000. eMedical Urgent Care participates in many managed care plans for your convenience and for those patients who are uninsured, we offer eCard benefits.

5. We Have You Covered!

The most common diagnosis in an urgent care center is an upper respiratory condition, and the most common procedure is wound repair. An estimated 13.7 to 27.1 percent of all emergency department visits could actually take place at an urgent care center. Chances are, if you’re Googling a minor symptom, our medical staff at eMedical Urgent Care can treat you.

eMedical Urgent Care Locations

With summer right around the corner, this means that weekend warriors and kids in sports will be ramping up as well. Did you know that approximately 12 million people between the ages of 5 and 22 years old suffer a sports-related injury each year? From sprains and strains to cuts and fractures, eMedical Urgent Care can take care of these minor injuries and more! Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.

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