Where should I go when I need medical help RIGHT NOW?

When it happens to you, it’s never trivial. You lifted that piece of furniture when you shouldn’t have; your child is suddenly sick; or you’re having pains in your chest. In some ways, every medical need is an ‘emergency’ — but is it really? Where’s the first, best place to call when the unexpected happens?

What’s a medical emergency, and what isn’t?
Choosing the best source for care can make a big difference in the quality of care you receive, and a dramatic difference in what you pay out-of-pocket. Knowing what is a real emergency can help you when you need it most.

You probably don’t need
to go to the ER for:
You should go to the ER when you have life-threatening or severe symptoms, such as:
• Colds, sore throat and flu symptoms
• Heart problems
• Diarrhea
• Breathing problems
• Sprains
• Heavy bleeding
• Ear or sinus pain
• Broken bones
• Rashes
• Severe pain
• Cuts that don’t need stitches
• Constipation
• First-degree burns
• Gastritis

When you have a health concern that’s not an emergency, check with doctor’s office first! Not only will they provide the best care, chances are they can help you in a timely manner as well. Many Providence practices now offer

  • Extended office hours
  • Same-day or walk-in appointments
  • Some even provide Saturday appointments and telemedicine visits; check for availability.

Even if they are closed, they’ll always give you instructions for the best course of action for every medical need.

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Is it really all that wrong to go to the ER if I have a ‘common’ condition?
Chances are, yes; for two important reasons:

  1. The care givers at the ER don’t know your health history the way your primary care provider does; it’s possible they could prescribe treatment that’s unnecessary, or worse, detrimental to your overall wellness.

  2. Depending upon your insurance coverage, an ER visit that isn’t covered will leave you responsible for a portion, or all, of the cost. And ER costs are very expensive. Be sure you know the details of your insurance coverage as it relates to emergency room visits!