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AFC Urgent Care Havertown vs. Local Emergency Rooms in Havertown, PA

When You Should Use Our Urgent Care Center Instead of an ER.

You twist your ankle outside. You slice your finger while cutting a bagel. You were fine yesterday, but you spent the entire night vomiting, and you can not get out of bed. Your child has come down with a high fever. Wouldn’t it be great if any of these previous ailments and injuries would make an appointment with you so you could properly plan out your day? Unfortunately, that never happens. When these medical issues do occur you need immediate care, and often your primary care doctor will not have an appointment readily available for you.

That means an expensive trip to the emergency room to stitch up a cut, wrap a sore ankle, or get immediate medical attention for a child. The only thing worse than the hours spent in an emergency room is the medical bill that will arrive quickly in your mailbox. An emergency room is a critical, life-saving resource in the Havertown area. However, they are best utilized if their resources are used when someone has a life-threatening medical emergency.

A hospital emergency room is required by law to provide medical attention to all patients, even if they have no way to pay for that care. ERs are placed under tremendous financial strain when patients do not have the money to pay for their medical care. These out-of-pocket costs are often shifted to other patients in the emergency room so they can continue functionality. According to a recent study, the average cost of the ten most frequent trips to an emergency room is about $1,800. Nearly $18 billion could be saved annually if people utilized urgent care centers for nonlife-threatening problems instead of taking a trip to the emergency room.

Nearly three-fourths of the population cannot see their primary care doctors in the evening or on the weekends. When unavailable, many assume their only other choice is the ER or waiting a few days until their doctors have an appointment available. Waiting is not practical if you need stitches, an x-ray, or if you have come down with the flu. AFC Urgent Care Havertown helps bridge that gap between your regular doctor and the emergency room.

When to utilize AFC Urgent Care Havertown instead of an ER:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Bleeding from accidents, cuts, or falls
  • Broken bones
  • Ear pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Fever
  • A migraine
  • Minor Car Accidents
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sprains or strains
  • STD tests or treatment
  • A sore throat
  • Urinary burning
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration

Emergency Room

  • Amputations
  • Breathing Obstruction
  • Major Car Accidents
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drug overdose
  • Knife or gunshot wound
  • Loss of limb or severe broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy – severe abdominal pain
  • Seizures/Convulsions
  • Serious head, neck, or back injury
  • Suspected Heart Attack or Stroke
  • Unconsciousness

Medical debt is a major cause of declared bankruptcy in the United States. Sprains, strains, superficial cuts, and respiratory infections are often why people rush to the emergency room for medical attention. All of these injuries and illnesses could be handled at AFC Urgent Care Havertown at a fraction of the cost. You will also likely spend much less time waiting, and if you do, it will be in our clean and comfortable patient lounge.

AFC Urgent Care Havertown is available seven days a week to help you with your nonlife-threatening illnesses and injuries. We take most major insurances and have affordable self-pay options available for the uninsured. We will help you get healthy again without breaking the bank. Call our friendly staff today at (484) 452-9400 if you have any questions about our services or the insurance we take.

We look forward to serving you!

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AFC Urgent Care FAQs

  • When should I choose urgent care?

    If you’re dealing with a pressing, non-life-threatening medical issue and don’t want to see a doctor, urgent care could be for you. AFC walk-in clinics are able to see patients dealing with allergic reactions, broken bones, colds and flus, and much more.

  • Do I need insurance to visit AFC?

    At AFC we offer very competitive rates for self-pay urgent care and walk-in clinic services. We understand that not everyone may have an insurance plan and we make sure that our out-of-pocket patients are given the same high-quality medical treatment that we give to all our patients.

  • How long will my visit take?

    The main advantage of choosing AFC is our short wait times – often under 15 minutes. The total length of your visit will depend on what you’re being seen for, but many patients can be in and out of our clinics in around 30 minutes.

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