The wait was a little longer than you expected, but now you, your husband, and your youngest daughter all have your flu shots.
This year it was actually your daughter who reminded you that it was flu shot season. The three of you were in the car coming home from brunch after church when your daughter suggested that you stop by the medical walk in clinic and see if you could all three get your shots. The appointment and the wait took a little longer than normal because it took awhile to run the insurance. In the end, however, you were able to get all three shots with no copay.
The fact that your daughter was able to leave with the necessary paperwork, though, meant that she would be able to attend her volunteer assignment, without mission a day. It turns out that her volunteer commitment is why your daughter was anxious to get her shot taken care of sooner, rather than later. Without paperwork showing that she had the shot, your daughter would have had to miss her next scheduled time at the rehabilitative hospital where she volunteers. All of the working staff and volunteers have to be able to show that they have had a flu shot, as this is expected to be a very difficult flu season.
Local Doctors Provide High Levels of Service at Medical Clinics Across the Nation
Whether you are looking for after hours urgent care or you are making appointments with local doctors for a needed vaccine, the decision to go to a walk in health clinic continues to increase in popularity. When you are not facing a life threatening event, in fact, the local doctors who offer their services at walk in medical clinics are a great solution. By avoiding the high cost of hospital emergency room care when it is not needed, and by avoiding the long waits that are often a part of visiting a family physician or pediatrician, a walk in health clinic is both economical and convenient.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the health care trends in the country:
- The most common diagnosis in an urgent care center in the year 2012 was upper respiratory condition.
- The most common procedure in an urgent care center in the year 2012 was wound repair.
- 3 million patients visit quick care clinics every week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
- 20,000 physicians practice urgent care medicine today.
- 80% of urgent care centers provide fracture care.
- 85% of urgent care centers are open seven days a week.
In a time when more and more Americans are concerned about their access to affordable and quality health care, it should come as no surprise that an increasing number of people look toward local health clinics for the care that they need.