Is the Emergency Room (ER) your best option? You may find faster and more affordable care. Explore alternatives.
Immediate Care Alternatives
When you need immediate care
When you're sick, hurt, or seriously ill and unable to wait for a doctor's appointment...is the Emergency Room (ER) your best option?
You may find faster care at a more affordable cost depending on your health problem. Compare your options...
When you or someone you know has a life-threatening medical problem, call 911 immediately.
Urgent Care Centers
Walk-in medical clinics where doctors and nurses provide immediate care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. An urgent care center may cost less than going to the ER. Many offer evening, weekend and 24 hour services. Appointments may be needed.
Convenience Care Clinics
Located in some pharmacies, drug stores and grocery stores, these small clinics offer lower cost, basic health care services. Get flu shots and treatment for minor illnesses like strep throat, pink eye, cuts and scrapes. Staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. Open days, evenings and weekends, no appointments needed.
Usually located in a hospital, an ER provides immediate—emergency--care for serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.