Urgent Care vs. ER vs. Primary Care

Urgent Care 

Types of Service

Diagnostics, Prescriptions, Minor Injury Treatment, Illness Treatment

When To Go

Non-acute symptoms, managing existing conditions, preventive care

Who You’ll See

Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant

Insurance To Use

Major Medical, Hospital Insurance, Alternative: Telemedicine

Primary Care Physician

Types of Services

Diagnostics, Prescriptions, Preventive Care, Illness Treatment, Disease Management Referrals

When To Go

Non life-threatening conditions that need to be assessed the same day

Who You’ll See

MD (General Practitioner)

Insurance To Use

Major Medical, Short Term Medical, Alternative: Telemedicine

Emergency Room

Types of Services

Anything relating to triage/diagnosis + stabilization of a serious or critical injury or illness

When To Go

Life threatening, sudden-onset pain, acute injuries

Who You’ll See

ER MD, trauma surgeon, Paramedic

Insurance To Use

Major Medical, Short Term Medical, Hospital Insurance

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