In 2016, 27% of patients in the United States stated that they had been to an urgent care clinic within the previous two years. There are many benefits that urgent care treatment offers, and Health Advocate’s blog lists three of them.

1. Convenience.
The Urgent Care Association of America’s 2016 Benchmarking Report found that in the previous year, 92% of all urgent care clinics consistently offered wait times that were 30 minutes or less. This is especially important to patients with busy schedules.

If you need non-life threatening treatment after normal business hours, the extended office hours of an urgent care facility are very convenient. To make things even easier, you can also come to an urgent care clinic on a walk-in basis.

Individuals visiting from out-of-town most likely aren’t near their primary care physician. With over 9,000 urgent care centers across the country, these facilities are nearby to provide treatment if you become ill or injured during a trip.

2. Affordability.
The majority of insurance companies will cover a visit to an urgent care clinic. However, it’s still wise to check with your insurance provider and determine which centers in your area are in-network. 

The fees for a visit to an urgent care facility is usually comparable to the cost of a visit to your primary care doctor, and typically less costly than going to an emergency room for treatment.

3. Comprehensive Treatment.
In 2015, the most commonly diagnosed illnesses at urgent care clinics were acute sinusitis, acute upper respiratory infection, coughs, acute bronchitis, and acute pharyngitis.

Nevertheless, urgent care centers are well-equipped to provide prompt care in many other cases. Physicians working in urgent care facilities are inclined to have comprehensive knowledge that enables them to handle a wide range of medical situations. For instance, flu treatment and assistance with other minor illnesses is available. Minor sprains, fractures, and other injuries can be treated at urgent care facilities as well. 

For individuals with hectic schedules, or those requiring immediate care outside of regular office hours, urgent care facilities provide convenience, affordable fees, and comprehensive care such as flu treatment. These are benefits well worth considering when you need prompt medical assistance.