How does an urgent care compare to an emergency room?
Emergency rooms (ERs) provide treatment for patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries. They are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, ERs can be expensive and often have long waits for treatment.
Urgent care centers are different. They provide medical treatment for minor and moderate illnesses and injuries, usually with no appointment needed. While many urgent care centers are open daily and have evening hours, most close at night. They are typically less expensive than emergency rooms and have shorter waiting times.
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