What’s the Difference?
You may have noticed some retail clinics or “Minute Clinics" popping up in your area recently. These clinics try to provide immediate healthcare services to patients in familiar locations such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail settings.
However, a retail clinic may not provide the same high-quality medical care that an urgent care center can deliver. Urgent care centers are staffed with board-certified physicians that can inform, guide, and plan your healthcare decisions.
Unlike a retail clinic, an urgent care center provides extensive preventive care screenings and medical exams on top of injury treatment, flu and cold symptom treatment, STD screenings, and allergy treatment.
The main differences between urgent care centers and retail clinics include: