What will you do if you or a loved one needs immediate medical care? Most of us answer, “Go to the nearest emergency room.” But ER wait times are at an all-time high. So, unless it’s a true emergency, you’ll likely get quicker, quality medical care somewhere else. Like urgent care centers, medical clinics or walk-in clinics. That’s why it’s important to know your ER alternatives now, before you need them. You can often get treated more quickly and pay much less** than you would for emergency care.
Use these options when you need medical care quickly, but can’t see your regular doctor. These clinics are usually open nights and weekends, and cost about the same as a doctor visit.**. Before you go, call and ask about their hours, services and whether they participate in your Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield network by looking at our on-line provider directory
. See a chart of symptoms
that can be treated at an ER Alternative. Remember, if you’re an HMO member, you’ll need a referral for urgent care centers and walk-in doctor’s offices from your primary doctor.
Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you think you could put your health at serious risk by delaying care.