Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers...

Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers grow as time-pressed fami...

There are 6 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 12, 2009, titled Urgent-care centers: Illinois numbers grow as time-pressed fami.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

But potential patients should evaluate their own symptoms and a center's services, hours and staff credentials Judith Graham is a staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune; Melissa Healy is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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Chicago, IL

#1 May 13, 2009
Are the days of hospitals charging $8 for one Advil going to be over soon?

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Since: May 08

Homewood, IL

#2 May 13, 2009
Yes, the days of $8 per Advil are leaving. I got 2 Vicodins for $14 when I shattered my right 5th metatarsal. I guess they were on sale.

I used an urgent care center for stitches in my leg (watch those spiked dog collars, forget the dogs!) because it was a Saturday and I knew that my Officially Approved ER would take hours and hours. The urgent care only took about an hour and I was done.

The only problem with my using the urgent care place to put the stitches in was that my insurance didn't want to pay for my regular doctor to take them out.

United States

#4 May 13, 2009
That these facilities exist and are covered by insurance plans makes them more attractive than an emergency room. Many years ago, if you couldn't get in to see your doctor (many plans wouldn't entertain an appointment sooner than 2 weeks from the call date because of their obtuse schedules), you went after hours to the emergency room. The emergency room people also asked you if you wanted to stay, because then the whole incident was totally covered under the co-insurance subcategories. The old way did not encourage either time savings or cost savings. This newer concept (1) takes the load off emergency rooms to enable the hospitals to take care of the neediest of patients with true emergencies; and (2) provides an alternative to being unable to schedule a true necessity with a primary physician. That the article illustrated a mother whose children's pediatrician does not really recognize her children but the urgent care center's doctors did is also testimony to the fact that she probably has to go to work and cannot schedule time off to take her children to the doctor all of the time. These places are a God-send for these situations. If more day care centers and schools (1) sanitized better and (2) sent home the children who are sick, maybe others' children wouldn't be sick so often.

Raleigh, NC

#5 May 13, 2009
This is great news. Most of these people shouldn't be going to an ER anyway.

Sherman, IL

#6 May 13, 2009
As an ER nurse, I certainly wish that people would visit the urgent care facilitys more.
The ER should be for true medical emergencies only. Chest pain, shortness of breath, injurys that threaten life or limb. Unfortunatly we are used as a prompt care. Too many people visit the ER for convience. Why wait to see your own Dr when you can pop into the ER for any ailment. Back pain that you've had for 6 months, medication refills, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted diseases...these are the things that cause the hours long wait in the ER for those who truly need treatment.
The biggest abuse comes from the Medicaid clients. This visit is free for them. They truly have no concept of the fact that someone has to pay for the visit. I would propose a small co-pay for these people prior to being seen for non emergent visits. We are required to treat anyone who comes in the door, regardless of how minor the complaint.

Woodridge, IL

#7 May 13, 2009
While there aren't many such centers in the city, I recommend the Urgent Care center on Peterson Ave, just east of the Target. It's quite nice and there is usually only one other person in the waiting room at any given time during the week.

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