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  • Reviewed on Oct 2019

    Just in for a flu shot but made my urgent care appointment online and had minimal wait. Everything taken care of in a friendly and prompt manner.

  • Reviewed on Oct 2017

    This urgent care is awesome!! They are fast and efficient. Both the front desk ladies were super nice. They helped me with my paperwork to expedite my visit. The young lady in the back was also very nice and gave one of the best flu shots I have ever had. The doctor was even nice enough to stop by and greet me, even though I was not there for a doctor's visit, I was just getting a flu shot. This is a super staff and I would highly recommend this clinic for all your medical needs.

  • Reviewed on Sep 2017

    My daughter was experiencing high anxiety because we went to get a flu shot. She was uncooperative and crying. The staff was calm, caring, and attentive. They explained what was going to happen in five-year-old terms and got the job done. The immunization was given before my daughter could even realize it! Once we got into the car, she requested "to only have shots like that one that didn't hurt." Though we can't guarantee that shots won't hurt, it is nice to have a guarantee of exceptional care. I can confidently say, that we have had that "guarantee" over the last five years of my child's life that we have periodically visited this urgent care.

Urgent Care services in Phoenix, AZ

Urgent Care 101 for Phoenix, AZ

Healthcare stats, facts & trends in the Valley of the Sun

  • Types of Walk-In Clinics in Phoenix

    As urgent care centers made themselves more prevalent in the Phoenix market in the early 2000s, the question was mostly about urgent care vs the ER and when you should go to each. With consumers getting more comfortable with that understanding (largely contributed to by the rising costs and frustrating patient experience at hospital emergency rooms!) and the rise of retail clinics across the valley, the question now is more about which type of walk-in clinic should I visit?

    In Phoenix, you generally have 5 types of walk-in clinics:

    • Urgent care centers. Usually staffed by a medical doctor, open 7 days a week and has both imaging and diagnostic equipment on-site.
    • Pediatric urgent care centers. The same services as a regular urgent care, but with staff trained and facilities designed to treat infants to young adults.
    • Retail clinics. Located in a retail pharmacy, staffed by a nurse practitioner or other mid-level and addresses only minor illnesses and vaccinations.
    • Primary care offices. Your general primary care provider which may offer walk-in hours sometime during the week, usually for sick visits only.
    • Occupational medicine clinics. Mostly contract-based relationships with employers to handle services like work injuries, drug screenings, etc.
    • Community clinics. Government and non-profit healthcare clinics, usually in impoverished communities with services available at low or no cost to patients.

    Each of these walk-in clinic types are found in the Phoenix metro area and they are all intended to fill the gap in healthcare between primary care and emergency care, addressing minor injuries and illnesses of patients.

  • How to Select the Right Clinic

    The first question to ask yourself is whether an urgent care clinic is right for you. As noted above, Phoenix offers a variety of non-emergent healthcare options for walk-in patients. Here is a quick chart to help you determine which type of walk-in clinic you should be visiting.

    Once you have determined which clinic type is most applicable for you, you then need to select which specific location to visit. Ask yourself these important evaluation questions:

    • Where is the clinic center located?
    • Do they accept my insurance?
    • What type of providers work at the clinic?
    • What hours are they open?
    • Does the clinic allow me to book a visit in advance, or will I just walk in?
    • What are other patients saying about the clinic in online reviews?

    Each person may rank the importance of each of these questions differently. For instance, location may be the single most important factor as you aren’t willing to drive across the Valley for a higher rated clinic. Others would be willing to make the drive from Glendale to Scottsdale for a clinic that accepts their insurance and is open right now. Use your own method for weighting the importance of each criteria.

  • Highest Rated Urgent Care Centers in Phoenix

    The importance of online ratings and reviews can’t be denied. In fact, many consumers say that online ratings are just as, if not more important than recommendations for their friends and family. Based on the ratings on Solv, the following are the top 10 highest rated urgent care clinics in Phoenix:

    1. NextCare Urgent Care, Sun City (4.9 stars from 648 ratings)
    2. Alliance Urgent Care, Goodyear (4.8 stars from 250 ratings)
    3. NextCare Urgent Care, Peoria (4.8 stars from 626 ratings)
    4. NextCare Urgent Care, Mesa (E McKellips Rd) (4.8 stars from 403 ratings)
    5. Alliance Urgent Care, Peoria (4.8 stars from 221 ratings)
    6. NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (19th Avenue) (4.8 stars from 530 ratings)
    7. NextCare Urgent Care, Phoenix (E Indian School Rd) (4.7 stars from 456 ratings)
    8. NextCare Urgent Care, Mesa (E Baseline Rd) (4.7 stars from 302 ratings)
    9. NextCare Urgent Care, North Mesa (4.7 stars from 595 ratings)
    10. NextCare Urgent Care, Ocotillo (4.7 stars from 426 ratings)

    as of January 23, 2019

  • Hours of Urgent Care in Phoenix

    Some urgent care facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Others may have more limited hours, and they may also close their doors for major holidays or inclement weather (unlike emergency rooms, which are always up and running). The hours depend largely on the individual facility, so if you are unsure if an urgent care location is open, you can always check online or call ahead.

    Hours may even vary between two facilities that belong to the same company. For example, NextCare on Thomas Road is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight, while the NextCare in Mesa is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Meanwhile, all local Alliance Urgent Care locations are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 5 p.m. on weekends.

    While every clinic is different, most urgent care centers are open 10-12 hours daily with their busiest days being on Monday and Friday. In Phoenix, when looking at an aggregate of all urgent care centers, below is an chart of average busy hours.

    Again, every clinic is different, but patients typically flock to the clinic just after they open, during their lunch hour, and right when they get off work. If you have flexibility, you may consider aiming for the slower periods. Or, better yet, use Solv to find a book a clinic visit online to mitigate the wait you would experience as a walk-in patient. We find that booking in advance cuts the average patients wait time by half, or more.

  • Urgent Care Services and Costs

    Urgent care facilities in Phoenix treat illness and injuries, such as sprains, broken bones, influenza, coughs and colds, and allergic reactions, as well as vomiting, stomach pain, cuts, burns, and animal bites and stings. NextCare Urgent Care and Alliance Urgent Care also offer well visits, yearly physicals, and vaccinations, including the flu shot. Alliance also offers X-ray services, as well as abscess removal, breathing treatments, and ear wax drainage. NextCare offers pregnancy and drug testing, as well as urine and diagnostic tests.

    Below is a chart of the top 10 reasons for urgent care visits in Phoenix. While this list will vary throughout the year - flu  season really spikes between January and Marcy, for instance - this is an annualized look.

    Depending on what services you need for a healthcare provider - and whether or not you have health insurance - the cost of an urgent care visit could range considerably.  Urgent care centers in Phoenix generally offer basic pricing for an office visit with additional charges for any extra services. These prices can range anywhere from $25 to $170 depending on the treatments they require and the urgent care facility they visit. As examples, the base price at Alliance Urgent Care is $90, while NextCare charges a flat rate of $170 for an office visit. These are out-of-pocket prices and do not include any insurance coverage. If you have commercial insurance, your copay is usually determined by your insurer, but is usually the same as visiting a specialist and typically ranges between $25-50.

    It is important to consider that these are just the base price for the office visit. If you need blood or lab tests, x-rays, or other diagnostic services, or if you need a stitches, a splint, or casting for your injury, these services will have different costs and should be discussed with you during your visit.

  • Healthcare for Travelers in Phoenix

    Phoenix is a popular tourist destination with many things to do. Many people travel there for the Southwestern lifestyle and the beautiful desert views, especially the nearby cycling, rock climbing, hiking opportunities, as well as numerous world-renowned golf courses. Each of these activities are incredibly relaxing and/or invigorating, but also could pose health and safety risks. If you are traveling to Phoenix, use Solv to find an urgent care near you either in advance or when you need it.

    There are many great hotels in the wider Phoenix area, many of them within easy travel distance of an urgent care facility. For example, Residence Inn Phoenix is less than two miles from the nearest urgent care. Meanwhile, many of Phoenix’s largest hotels are found in the downtown area, including the Westin Phoenix Downtown, Sheraton Grand Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore, and Double Inn and Suites.

  • Healthcare for Residents in Phoenix

    There are so many reasons why people who live in Phoenix love to call it home. From beautiful views to easy access to three states (as well as Mexico), to the best big-city traffic in the country, Phoenix residents are lucky.

    When it comes to urgent care options, Phoenix is yet again an amazing place to be. In addition to regular urgent care facilities, Phoenix also has several pediatric urgent care centers. This is significant since most standard urgent cares cannot accept patients under the age of 18 months. Good Night Pediatrics and Phoenix Children’s are both great options for medical care for infants and children.

    Meanwhile, for college students, Banner University offers urgent care services to treat asthma, minor injuries, animal bites, flu symptoms, and fever.

    There are also a number of social services throughout Maricopa County dedicated to helping you find prompt, excellent medical care. The local Healthcare For The Homeless program helps those without stable living situations access treatment. There are also social services that work in conjunction with Arizona Children’s, a hospital that serves sick children.

  • Hospitals in Phoenix

    When it comes to hospitals, there is again no shortage of options in Phoenix. The city has a total of 24 hospitals, both general and specialty. That doesn’t even count the hospitals in the broader valley. Among these are the Arizona Heart Institute, Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Clinic Hospital, and St. Luke’s Medical Center.

    The largest hospital in Phoenix is Banner University Medical Center. Founded in 1911, it currently has a medical staff of more than 1,600 physicians and more than 3,000 medical personnel in total. It serves more than 175,000 patients every year.

    Banner Health is also a nonprofit hospital. In fact, it is the largest nonprofit in the state of Arizona. Other nonprofit hospitals in Phoenix include John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospital, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

    Phoenix also has several charity clinics that offer medical care for those in need. Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH) offers services to those without medical insurance who cannot get care at most facilities. The Phoenix chapter of A Mission of Mercy helps people get prescription medications at no cost. Those without insurance can find specialty care from dentistry to gynecology, ultrasounds, X-rays, and more at The Neighborhood Christian Clinic.

Flu Shot Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I get a flu shot in Phoenix?

    The flu vaccine should generally be available at Phoenix-area urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care doctor offices, and local pharmacies. While many times you can simply walk in to get a flu shot, it is best to book an appointment online to reduce your wait time.

  • Where can I get a flu shot after hours in Phoenix?

    Outside routine work hours, most Phoenix primary care doctor offices are closed, however, most of the area’s urgent care and retail clinics are open after hours and on weekends. Book an after hours appointment today.

  • How can I book a flu shot in Phoenix?

    Same-day and next day appointments for flu shots are bookable directly through Solv. Simply search for a Phoenix-area doctor, find a provider, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “flu shot” as your reason for visit.

  • Is a flu shot necessary?

    Everyone 6 months or older should get vaccinated for the flu every year. Influenza, or the flu, is a serious virus and infection that hospitalizes and kills thousands of people annually. And it is constantly changing. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from contracting the virus.

  • Do I need to get a flu shot every year?

    Flu vaccines are needed annually, primarily for two reasons. First, the flu virus is constantly evolving, meaning the virus you received a vaccine for last year is unique from the virus in the upcoming season. As such, the vaccine itself needs to be different. Second, the vaccine itself wears off and your immune system’s response to the flu virus decreases over time. Unless you receive the vaccine every year, you will lack necessary immunity.

  • When should I get a flu shot?

    Each year is a little different, but flu season generally starts as early as September. Getting a flu shot early in the season - August to October - gives your buddy the best opportunity to build up immunity to the virus as it does take roughly two weeks for the vaccine to protect you against infection. Of course, if you are unable to get the flu shot early, getting a flu shot later still helps as the virus could last through May.

  • How effective is the flu shot?

    Each year, the CDC and other organizations conduct studies to determine the effectiveness of the flu vaccine against that years flu virus. According to the CDC, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%. Of course, there are multiple types and strands of the flu virus including influenza B and influenza A(H1N1), as well as influenza A(H3N2). Generally speaking, flu shots tend to work better against influenza types A & B.

  • How long does a flu shot last?

    The flu vaccine lasts for one flu season as the virus constantly evolves and each year the vaccine is produced to specifically protect against the strand(s) that are prevalent in the upcoming flu season.

  • How much does a flu shot cost?

    Depending on where you get your flu vaccine, what type of vaccine you are getting, and whether or not you are insured, flu shot costs vary. Generally speaking, however, flu shots can cost between $0 and $50, sometimes more.

Urgent Care FAQs

  • What is urgent care?

    Urgent care are available to assist patients that are looking for immediate, convenient medical care. In that manner, they are similar to an emergency room. The difference, however, is that ERs are meant to treat major, life-threatening injuries and illnesses while urgent care centers manage life’s minor bruises and bumps. In simple terms, an urgent care is seen as a walk-in health center that focuses in offering non-emergent health care conditions, including the treatment of the typical illnesses and injuries such as fractures and sprains, cuts and burns, scrapes, stings and bites, flu and cold symptoms, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and much more. Most urgent care facilities offer both diagnostic and preventive care such as well visits, immunizations, STD testing and annual physicals. For regular visits and check-ups on these clinics, you should expect to pay between $20 and $100. The good thing is that most urgent care clinics will accept major PPOs and insurance cover, Medicare, as well as self-pay in the form of credit cards or cash. Urgent care clinics are located in most parts of the country in various regions to offset emergency room visits and provide a gap in healthcare services. They take patients during all hours of operations, which offer a significant convenience to most people who have and continue to undergo the need for sudden and immediate medical attention.

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  • When should I go to the urgent care vs emergency room (ER)?

    Urgent care facilities are seen as a combination between an emergency room (ER) and a PCP (Primary Care Physicians), serving the instant and after hours requirements of neighboring patients. Most urgent care clinics even say that they can diagnose and treat up to seventy-five percent of the patients who visit an emergency room. The primary difference between an ER and Urgent care is the experience of the patient. The average waiting time in an ER is almost 2.5 hours while waiting time in urgent care is between 15 and 45 minutes. The cost of urgent care is usually a fraction of what you would pay in an emergency room. It is advisable to visit an emergency room in situations of medical emergency because urgent care clinics are meant for minor and non-emergent illnesses and injuries.

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  • What's the difference between an urgent care and walk-in clinic?

    You will often see the terms urgent care clinic, retail clinic, immediate care clinic, walk-in clinic, and convenient clinic being interchangeably used nowadays. The emergence of emergency rooms complicated the conversation. A walk-in clinic is a type of clinic in which patients can walk-in with no advance appointment. An urgent care clinic, on the other hand, denotes a subgroup of the walk-in clinic model that typically provides extended hours, extended services and abilities as well as on-site lab tests and x-rays.

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  • How much does an urgent care cost?

    The price charged in urgent care will be based on the location, and there are no actual standard costs between the clinics. Assuming you are paying with cash, you might come across an urgent clinic that charges you $50 while another situated some mile away charges you $100 for the same services. The standard cost in urgent care where insurance cover is not involved ranges from $100 to $125. This price is generally the standard price of a visit before extra services. There are a couple of additional care services that could make your appointment to an urgent care costly including x-rays and lab tests, medications and injections (such as immunization), casting broken bones, as well as stitches and splints. If you have a viable insurance plan in place, the standard pay will be between $20 – 50 depending on your insurance coverage and whether you are in contact with the provider.

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  • Is insurance accepted at urgent care centers?

    All insurance providers indicate whether their plan covers urgent care facilities or not. Individual clinics and providers may or may not possess a relationship with a particular plan. This aspect makes the scenario complicated. In most situations, insurance providers will cover the urgent care centers, and patients will be needed to pay a co-payment every time they visit the facility. In other rare occasions, it is common for the urgent care facilities to reject some insurance plans even if the provider has indicated that they will pay for the costs incurred. With these uncertainties, it is always advisable to call urgent care centers in advance to determine whether they accept specific insurance plans or not.

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