You local "Doc in a Box" ... An important question

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You local "Doc in a Box" ... An important question

First, I don't have my MD.  I have been a chaplain in a level one trauma center with all the life support training that goes with it.

Not too long ago I took a friend to an urgent care in my local area.  The doctor didn't seem to really get what the issue was and I asked what his specialty was.  He was a dermatologist that was filling in for regular doctor.  For simple things that is fine, but for any heart issues, complicated breaks or issues requiring special tests, not all urgent care facilities are created equal.

After this experience I called my local urgent care providers to find what their staffing policy's were.  I already had found out that waiting till I needed medical assistance wasn't the best option.  I found a huge variety in services.  Most seemed a better option than an ER for everyday medical issues and only one had a strange response to my questions.  (They asked why the type of doctor was important to me...  Things that make you go hummmmm!)

Most require an ER Doc or urgent care specialist to always be in the building.  Some require that all their docs are ER or UC docs.  Some have labs that can tell if you are having a heart attack or other issues.  Some use nurses or other staff to run xray machines while others have xray techs with radiologists on call (the better option).  So before you need urgent care, check out your local options.  

Is this really a big deal?...  Yes!  First, urgent care is cheaper until they have to refer you to the ER.  Then you end up with two bills, so the more qualified your urgent care is, the better chance you will not be referred to an ER and end up with two bills.

Again, I am not a medical professional, but have seen people have some really bad experiences in addition to mine and just wanted to share my thoughts.  The group I found in the San Antonio area is private, Impact Urgent Care, and the bad news is that they only have two locations, but they are like a restaurant and have call ahead seating, or appointments and seem to really have this medical service figured out.  I am not paid by them and they didn't ask for this, but for those that live close, they have everything I would want in an Urgent Care!

Just make sure that the doc you are seeing is really qualified to give you the best possible care.

 

Comments (5)

Christine Adler
FindAHomeWithMe.com - Fort Lauderdale, FL
SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL

I had an unfortunate experience with an Urgent Care, having my first bronchial spasm ever, in their office - he gave me a shot - said I'd be fine - and when I asked what I should do if it happened again, he said it wouldn't happen again. 

 

Don't know if others know what a bronchial spasm is like, but it's actually scary - you can't take a breath - your airway is closed, seemingly for longer than you think you can stand and still live, but not actually that long of time - if you get help.  I walked out of there, came home and immediately had another spasm, having to go to the ER - all's well that ends well, but could have used some decent advice and a little care taken. Great post!

Jan 09, 2013 09:30 AM
Richard Wilson
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Town or Country, in Colorado, we do it all.

..............................but I did stay at a Holiday Inn! ;-)

Jan 09, 2013 10:28 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR
RETIRED

We don't have doc in the box here, too small of a town. I always wondered about them.

Jan 09, 2013 10:46 AM
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
Good points that most of us wouldn't have considered. Thanks for providing this food fort thought.
Jan 09, 2013 12:38 PM
Pat O'Brien
RE/MAX ACCESS - Cibolo, TX

Christine... Even with my background this didn't dawn on me until it mattered ... I now know about my local urgent care qualifications

Jan 11, 2013 12:18 AM