Getting the Most Out of Urgent Cares

entrance to the emergency room

We often find ourselves in situations where a visit to the emergency room feels like a bit much. But waiting four to six weeks for a doctor’s appointment is also not realistic because the problem is certainly causing you enough discomfort. A classic example of such a problem is a UTI or a high fever without any other symptoms.

Fortunately for you, if you are suffering, you will find that there are many reliable urgent cares in Lehi, which are there for you to visit. Some of them are also open 24 hours, making it very convenient. You will also not have to feel guilty for taking non-emergency cases to the ER. But when you do go, you might find yourself confused about what to expect and then leaving without getting the full care. Here are some ways you can get the most out of urgent cares:

Bringing all the right documents

If you are used to visiting your regular doctor, you will find that visiting an urgent care is somewhat different. Your regular doctor will have all your relevant information and medical details. In an urgent care, they will have access to your basic information only. It is your responsibility to provide the doctors there with your medical background.

You should bring copies of your medical reports—if you have them—and any prescriptions or pills that you are taking. Disclose your total past medical history so that they can take into consideration all the factors that could affect your health. Bring the contact information of your GP or the regular specialist you visit in case they need to send over any information.

sick patient on the hospital bed

Figuring out your insurance details

It is best to do some research beforehand on whether your insurance supports the urgent care you are visiting and whether they have a specialization. They often have a specialization. If you are taking your child in for the flu, make sure to go to one that’s specifically for children. When you go there, bring identification, as well as your health insurance card and number. Also, be ready to pay the co-pay up front. Make sure that you know what the charges are going to be before you get some extra treatment such as an X-ray or an ultrasound. Your insurance may not cover these, and you may be faced with an enormous bill.

Being prepared for going to the ER

Make sure that you visit the urgent care for the right reasons. Do not go there if your symptoms require an immediate visit to the ER, such as if you have chest pain or numbness in your arm or leg. But even if you go for the right reasons, always be prepared to be sent to the ER from there—if the doctors deem your problem to be something that requires immediate attention.

Most importantly, you should always prepare in advance before deciding to go. Do the research before an urgent situation arises so that you know where to go when it does.