Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms

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You've suffered an injury, or you wonder if the symptoms you're experiencing are serious. Your doctor's office is closed — what should you do? Go to the emergency room? Call 911?

Today there are more options. Urgent care centers began to crop up across the country in the 1990s to fill the void between primary care physicians and emergency room services. If a health problem is a minor injury or illness, people can take advantage of urgent care for after-hours medical treatment when primary doctor offices are closed in the evenings and on weekends.

On the other hand, with some symptoms and ailments, it's hard for the everyday person to determine if they need emergency treatment. If in doubt, it is better to head to the emergency room. Always remember, if a person shows any signs of a life-threatening condition or is unconscious or unresponsive, call 911.

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