Wouldn't it be nice to have your primary care physician or specialist be affiliated with an urgent care facility if the physician you are using now does not have one? Many physicians of today are in large conglomerates that offer a full range of services and are usually available during later evening hours. But what if you have a physician that is not? There are situations whereby a patient is not comfortable using another physician from another facility when they need to be seen for a rather urgent need. Aside from going to the emergency room at a hospital where a patient can access immediate care and his or her medical information can be sent to their primary physician, how can a patient feel as though his or her medical situation can be evaluated and treated as though they are in their physician's office? It should be mandatory that physicians with practices that are not affiliated with any group or hospital, utilize an urgent care facility affiliation so that if there is ever a need to inquire about a patients medical history during such a visit; the urgent care facility or physician can contact the patient's physician (because of their affiliation) regarding the patient. By doing this a patient does not feel as though he or she is neglected when she is unable to visit their physician or a day when their physicians office is closed. This is similar to a physician being affiliated with a hospital and if ever an emergency arises, if the patient goes to that hospital certainly their physician can be contacted. Hospital emergency rooms can be crowded and obviously become very busy. Urgent care facilities can be busy as well but may be an alternative of problems that are less serious or do not require urgent, emergent medical care. Since hospitals usually take those whose illnesses or situations require emergency need or care first. So if you just have a slight fever and feel the need to see a physician anyway, urgent care may be the way to go because an emergency room may be crowded with people who really need to see a physician as their life is at risk. Urgent care affiliations for physicians who are not in a group that has one is a way of ensuring that their patients get the care that they need without going to the hospital!
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