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- Value-Based Care
July 13, 2022 • Family MedicineUrgent CareValue-Based Care
Imagine this: It’s the first day of summer and your family decides to enjoy the warm weather by having a picnic at your local park. You were tasked with cutting up the watermelon (what better snack to go with a fun day in the sun?) You grab the biggest kitchen knife you can find and begin slicing, when…
Somehow the knife slips and slices your finger instead. It’s a pretty big cut, and by the looks of it, you know you’re going to need a few stitches.
Your brother is saying you need to go immediately to the Emergency Room (ER), but your mom believes the neighborhood Urgent Care clinic could treat you and that you’d save a lot of money that way. A debate arises among your family, and you’re confused about where to go for treatment.
So, what do you do?
Confusing an Urgent Care matter with an ER matter is a common mistake. To be fair, it’s not always clear when an Urgent Care visit is sufficient or when a condition arises to the level that an ER visit is necessary.
That’s where we come in. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to confidently differentiate between the ER, Urgent Care, and Primary Care.
Let’s review what conditions are actually treated at each location:
For issues that need immediate attention but are not life-threatening, head to an Urgent Care in your area. Urgent Care facilities are typically on a fixed schedule and will close in the evenings. For instance, Revere Health Urgent Care centers are open every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here is a list of some of the most common issues that can be treated at Urgent Care:
*Not causing severe deformity or protrusion
For issues that are life-threatening or could cause loss of limb or permanent disability, you will want to call 911 if necessary or go to the nearest ER. These facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Here is a list of some of the most common issues that can be treated at the ER:
*Causing severe deformity of protrusion
Let’s go back to our watermelon scenario. Who was right, mom or brother? In this case, mother knows best. While serious, a cut like this can be effectively treated at Urgent Care since it’s serious but not life-threatening.
For non-urgent medical care, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. This type of visit could include:
As always, talk to your provider about any concerns you have regarding your care. If you are worried about needing urgent medical attention after-hours, you and your provider should set up a plan so that you know where to go for care. Regular check-ins with your provider are critical to maintaining good health and can help you avoid the ER or urgent care visits in the first place.
You might be wondering: “Why can’t I just go to the emergency room for any issue? Isn’t that my safest bet?” There are several reasons why it matters where you go for care:
Revere Health proudly operates seven Urgent Care locations across Utah. Because Revere Health practices value-based care, you can trust that you will receive the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost.
Check out Revere Health’s Urgent Care locations below!
Eagle Mountain Family Medicine & Urgent Care
Phone: (801) 429-8037
4095 Pony Express Parkway
Eagle Mountain, Utah 84005
Farr West Family Medicine and Urgent Care
Phone: (801) 528-5095
2850 North 2000 West #101
Farr West, Utah 84404
Lehi WIllowcreek Family Medicine & Urgent Care
Phone: (385) 203-1215
2183 West Main Street A107
Lehi, Utah 84043
Provo Urgent Care
Phone: (801) 812-5033
1055 North 500 West Building A
Provo, Utah 84604
Salem Urgent Care
Phone: (385) 265-6050
555 West State Road 164
Salem, Utah 84653
Spanish Fork Urgent Care
Phone: (385) 265-6060
972 North 600 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
St. George Urgent Care
Phone: (435) 673-6131
2825 East Mall Drive
St. George, Utah 84790
Zahra Nielsen currently serves as Revere Health’s Community Relations Specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University with the intention of working with at-risk communities, but she has since found a love for community engagement, volunteerism, and outreach. Since graduating, her career has taken her to non-profit organizations across the country. From Washington D.C, New York, and Salt Lake City, she has had the opportunity to work with notable organizations such as the National Council for Adoption, Volunteers of America, and United Way. After years of working in different areas of community engagement, Zahra has found her niche in writing. She hopes to pursue this creative form of outreach as a way of inspiring community members to be mindful of their well-being and the well-being of others. In her free time, Zahra likes to practice and teach yoga. She also enjoys live theatre, listening to music, and watching endless hours of quirky movies and TV shows with her husband.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.