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What is urgent care vs emergency medicine?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
7 doctors agree

In brief: ER's are for for

Serious problems that may require hospital admission, and tehy are connected to one, ct's, mri's, code teams and trauma centers.
An urgent care center can deal with many less serious issues, from school physicals, sore throats, tooth and ear aches even shots for travel. Er's cost a lot, urgent care may demand payment, but always cheaper than er.

In brief: ER's are for for

Serious problems that may require hospital admission, and tehy are connected to one, ct's, mri's, code teams and trauma centers.
An urgent care center can deal with many less serious issues, from school physicals, sore throats, tooth and ear aches even shots for travel. Er's cost a lot, urgent care may demand payment, but always cheaper than er.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Kevin Meyer
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Significant

Urgent cares may be staffed by nurse practitioners or doctors with varying levels of training.
They often handle minor illnesses and injuries. Emergency medicine is a medical specialty practiced by doctors specifically trained to diagnose, stabilize, and start treatment for emergency conditions from all areas of medicine. There is overlap b/c many people go to ers with minor problems.

In brief: Significant

Urgent cares may be staffed by nurse practitioners or doctors with varying levels of training.
They often handle minor illnesses and injuries. Emergency medicine is a medical specialty practiced by doctors specifically trained to diagnose, stabilize, and start treatment for emergency conditions from all areas of medicine. There is overlap b/c many people go to ers with minor problems.
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