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Urgent Care vs Retail Clinic

West Long Branch Urgent Care vs Retail Clinic at AFC Urgent Care

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:

Urgent Care Centers

  • Staffed with board-certified providers
  • Treats significant, non-emergency injuries including bone breaks, sprains
  • Provide extensive preventive care services including screenings, STD tests, and x-rays
  • Has both walk-in clinic and scheduled appointment access
  • Patients can reserve a time online
  • A consistent range of urgent care services
  • Provides employer health services for small and large businesses

Retail Clinics

  • Usually no licensed physician on site
  • Less advanced medical procedures than urgent care
  • Either limited or no imaging services like x-ray services
  • An inconsistent range of services between specific retail clinics

Allow AFC Urgent Care West Long Branch to be your go to urgent care provider for injuries, illnesses, allergies, and other immediate healthcare needs. Call us at (732) 222-8000 or visit us at 214 State Highway 36 | West Long Branch, NJ 07764.

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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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