When you are a mom of two rowdy boys it’s inevitable that you are going to end up in the ER at some point (Foster has already been twice). You rush to the ER only to sit around in waiting rooms among other sick patients, then spend forever waiting for a doctor and finally when you do return home… a couple weeks later a ginormous bill shows up in your mailbox.
With free-standing Emergency Rooms popping up all over the city many people don’t know where they should be going for medical care for themselves or their children – much less – the difference between a free-standing ER and an urgent care center.
Well, this blog post is going to explain all of it (especially for all you confused mommies who have dealt with awful experiences in ERs like me). Texas MedClinic recently opened their 19th Urgent Care Center in Spring Branch, TX and I had the pleasure of touring it before opening. I know I have a lot of readers that live in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area and this is big news for us since this type of facility was not in our area (if you don’t live in this area Texas MedClinic has a wide variety of locations available).
Texas MedClinic is an Urgent Care Center that provides affordable medical care and occupational care on a walk-in basis. For over 35 years, Texas MedClinic has treated a range of minor emergencies from cuts, broken bones, allergies, and stomach aches to headaches, rashes, fever and sore throats. The clinic treats everyone from the elderly to babies as young as 6 weeks.
SO what is the difference between an ER and an Urgent Care Center? An ER should be reserved for true life threatening emergencies such as heart attack, stroke, severe wounds, severe shortness of breath, etc. Whereas an urgent care center is basically everything else. If you scroll to the bottom of this post there is a chart that shows you where you should go depending on the symptoms you have.
The other thing that is different between ERs and urgent care centers… THE PRICE. Studies show that the same diagnosis and treatment in an ER can cost you 10-15 TIMES the price compared to an urgent care center.
The new Texas MedClinic in Spring Branch is located on US 281 South, a half mile north of the SH46 intersection and is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday. Texas MedClinic also offers some 24-hours clinics which you can find by visiting the website or downloading their convenient app. The other thing you will notice is you can see LIVE wait times and fill out all your paperwork in advance in the comfort of your home.
Texas MedClinic offers walk-in appointments, diagnostic computerized x-ray machines, drug tests, lab tests (including strep tests, mononucleosis tests, urinary tract infection tests) and much more. The clinic is prepared to treat breaks, bruises, sprains and strains, as well as minor surgical procedures including stitching.
They also treat common illnesses such as colds and flu, allergies and asthma, earaches, sore throat and abdominal pain. They also provide immunizations and immigration exams (INS) and their occupational medicine clinic serves work-related injuries, employer exams, drug testing and DOT exams.
As you can see it’s a top-of-the-line facility and I’m so glad I’m now educated on the proper facility to take my family when they are unwell or accidents happen. To learn more about Texas MedClinic click here.
Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.