What’s the Difference Between the Emergency Room and Urgent Care Center?
One of the biggest questions we get at Policy Advantage Insurance Services is:
- What’s the difference between the Emergency Room (ER) and the Urgent Care Center?
This is an important question for everyone to understand, because there are big differences between the two when it comes to treatments and costs.
Here’s when you should go to the Emergency Room (ER):
If a medical condition is life or limb threatening, and involves severe wounds or amputations.
These are examples of reasons you may need to visit the Emergency Room:
- Signs of stroke
- Severe shortness of breath
- Signs of heart attack/chest pain
- Severe wounds or amputation
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
Here’s when you should go to the Urgent Care Center:
If a medical condition is NOT life or limb threatening.
These are examples of reasons you may need to visit the Urgent Care Center:
- Stomach bugs (flu)
- Minor cuts (stitches)
- Minor broken bones
At an Urgent Care Center, you can receive prompt treatment for your minor injury or illness, and the costs (co-payments) are much less expensive than the Emergency Room.
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