Call 911 – if you feel as though you’re in a life threatening situation – medically speaking. If you’re unable to drive yourself to the hospital it may be better than waiting around on a friend or family member to get to you on time. The emergency paramedics will have the equipment and transportation to get to you faster for help. In addition, paramedics will have their own intensive medical knowledge to stabilize patients until help arrives at the hospital.
Visit An Emergency Room – for severe injuries, trauma or when you’re feeling very ill, visit an ER if you’re located close by. If you have medical insurance, then some of the cost may be covered, or the entire bill. You will need to check with your insurance provider beforehand to find what some of the medical bills covered are.
The emergency room, even without insurance may be a lifesaving venue for you to get the help you need really fast. Some of the best examples of situations where patients should visit an ER as opposed to an urgent care center includes if someone were in a car wreck and sustained serious injuries. In these cases, or any other car accident for instance, patients are advised to visit an ER for a full evaluation as injuries may not pop up immediately. A common illustration is when someone has sustained a whiplash for instance. If you or someone you know is also experiencing a cardiac arrest or heart attack, skip the doctor and the urgent care altogether. You stand a better chance at being stabilized in the emergency room department.
Online Consultations – try medics that are available remotely to help with a range of common ailments including colds and flus, abdominal pain, arthritis, acne, skin conditions and more. You may even be able to get a prescription filled even though the service is remote. This is possible with electronic transmissions to a local pharmacy of choice which the licensed physician will ask about first.
Visit An Urgent Care – which treats common illnesses, a variety in fact, at a really low cost. Many urgent cares will take the same insurance your doctor takes.
Try Home Remedies – for milder conditions that don’t entail persistent pain, fever, bleeding or vomiting for instance. If you have the flu for instance, trying over the counter drugs may provide some respite until the doctor’s office becomes open in the morning. A few common things to keep handy at home for home treatments include stocking up on over the counter medicines that tackle frequent issues such as indigestion, heartburn and other stomach conditions. Over the counter sleep aids, flu and cold medicines and a range of other non-prescriptions may come in handy. Don’t forget ibuprofen, acetaminophen which function as both pain medications and fever reducers.
Based on the severity of your pain, you can then choose between which course of action to take, whether this is visiting the urgent care or the ER if the doctor is closed.