When it comes to balancing your time, Sound Family Medicine’s walk-in clinics are an affordable and convenient alternative to a scheduled appointment or a trip to the emergency room for non-life threatening medical issues. Our three walk-in locations are ready to serve you and your family when you need urgent care.
What’s the difference between urgent care and my local emergency room?
The emergency room (ER) should be visited for very serious or life threatening medical issues. For minor, non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses, Sound Family Medicine’s walk-in clinics are a first-line affordable alternative to the ER.
A recent study showed that 28% of ER visits were for minor acute care. These non-emergent visits to the ER are actually driving up healthcare costs nationwide and can increase your individual health care costs as well. By using Sound Family Medicine’s walk-in clinics, you can save yourself time and money, while receiving a high level of urgent care for minor injuries and common illnesses.
Top Ten Office Diagnoses Seen in Emergency Rooms
- Acute upper respiratory infection
- Chest Pain
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Ear Infection
- Neck Sprain
- Abdominal Pain
- Lumbar Sprain
The following information will assist you in determining where it is best to seek treatment for a particular illness or injury. In the case of an emergency or life-threatening condition, call 911.
- Urgent Care Clinic
- Asthma attack (minor)
- Colds, flu, fever
- Ear pain
- Insect bites
- Minor burns
- Most cuts/lacerations
- Minor head injury (no prolonged loss of consciousness, no persistent confusion)
- Pink Eye
- Simple fracture
- Sore throat
- Sprains and strains
- Urinary tract infections
- Emergency Room
- Chest pain
- Compound fractures (bone visible)
- Fevers in infants less than two months old
- High fever (with dehydration or change in alertness)
- Ingestion of poisons
- Major head injury
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe asthma attack
- Severe burns
- Breathing difficulty (causing inability to catch breath or talk)
- Sudden onset headache (worst in your life)
- Snake bites
- Unconscious or catatonic state
- Uncontrollable bleeding
How much will I save by visiting Sound Family Medicine rather than the ER?
In Washington State, out-of-pocket ER costs are approximately eight times that of urgent care clinics like Sound Family Medicine’s walk-in clinics. That means that $50 could quickly turn into $800 if you visit the ER for non-life threatening issues. Additionally, medical insurance companies have recently considered charging more for non-emergent ER visits.
By utilizing urgent care facilities like Sound Family Medicine’s walk-in clinics, you can dramatically lower your healthcare costs for non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. Our walk-in clinics provide high quality medical care, without an appointment. They are open seven days a week, with extended hours, and are conveniently located.
Save your hard earned money with Sound Family Medicine.