Did you know the Urgent Care Association of America did a survey and discovered that 57 percent of local urgent care patients wait 15 minutes or less to be seen by a doctor? It is true! And 80 percent of all visits to the urgent care take less than an hour.
That alone makes visiting a 24 hr urgent care better than going to your local ER.
If you are worried about visiting a local urgent care because you want to see a doctor, know that around two thirds of centers have a mix of doctors and nurse practitioners and almost 65 percent of them have a doctor on site at all times. So you never have to worry about not seeing someone very professional.
Urgent care facilities are growing in popularity these days due to doctors having more and more patients, which can lead to not having enough appointments, making patients wait longer to see the doctor, and then once they finally see the doctor, less time is spent with patient.
An urgent care facility can take care of many non threatening issues, like ear infections, the flu, stitches for minor injuries and more.
The other reason to visit a local urgent care is because it costs a whole lot less than a visit to the ER. On average and ER visit can cost around 1500 dollars, while an urgent care visit costs around 150 dollars on average.