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 an “after-hours” appointment or something unexpected occurs.
What’s the difference between Sound Walk-In Clinics 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 acute 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.
- Sound Walk-In 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.