What is Urgent Care and how does it work?
Urgent care centers are designed to treat those who need attention quickly but donʼt require an emergency room visit. Urgent care centers do not require appointments and are generally open longer hours than a primary care physicianʼs ofﬁce. For instance, all of our centers are open 7 days a week.
What can Urgent Care centers treat?
Generally, they can treat everyday injuries and illnesses. Our Urgent Care Centers can treat everything from colds, flu and cuts to fractures, sprains and some dislocations. We provide immunizations, sports physicals, EKGs and x-rays. We perform minor surgical procedures, such as stitches.
Who does Urgent Care treat?
Anyone. Urgent care is a solution for individuals of all ages. Kids with a cough. Teenagers needing sports physicals, adults with a broken bone. Some have lived in town for years but can’t get in to see their primary care physician; some have just moved to town and have yet to establish a primary care physician; some are visiting from out of town; all are looking for high quality, compassionate care from someone they can trust. And with a doctor always on site, that’s exactly what they get at our Urgent Care Centers.
What about insurance?
Most insurance is accepted, but it is not required.
What about follow-up care?
We send a visit note to your primary care physician (If provided by you) after your visit.
What is the role of Urgent Care in today’s healthcare system?
Urgent care fills a gap in the health care system created by two fundamental issues: increasing wait times to see primary care physicians and the cost and wait times for emergency room visits. According to the 2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Careʼs Emergency Department survey, more than 85 million ER visits (or 71%) were unnecessary. The patient required “urgent care” but not “emergency care” and could have been treated at an urgent care center. Urgent careʼs impact is showing up in three critical areas: time, cost and quality.
How does Urgent Care compare with ERs and primary care physicians on wait times?
According to the 2009 Merritt Hawkins study, the average wait time to make an appointment with a primary care physician is more than 20 days. Patients with everyday medical issues are faced with two options: wait for that appointment, or make an unnecessary, costly visit to the ER. But the latter choice is not necessarily fast. The average Emergency Room visit lasts approximately 212 minutes. The average Manahawkin Urgent Care visit lasts less than one hour, and is a fraction of the cost of the ER.
How does Urgent Care compare with ERs on cost?
The average cost difference between an ER visit and an urgent care visit is approximately $373. Had those 85 million patients who made unnecessary ER visits opted to visit urgent care clinics, the patients, insurers and system could have saved more than $30-$40 billion.
But what about quality of care?
Our Manahawkin Site is the first Urgent Care in New jersey to be accredited by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission sets the highest standards for quality and patient safety across the nation.
What will you find at a typical center?
We pride ourselves on providing care in a warm, friendly environment. Our center offer multiple, private treatment rooms and careful attention to a comforting aesthetic helps you start feeling better immediately. Our Urgent Care centers offer full-service capabilities including state of the art equipment like digital X-rays and EKGs.