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Why Should I Make an Appointment at Urgent Care?

Why Should I Make an Appointment at Urgent Care?

If you or your child have symptoms that are acute enough to seek immediate care but not so severe that you need to spend hours (and hundreds of dollars) at the emergency room, you’ll likely want to head to urgent care. Once you make the decision to go to urgent care instead of the ER, you probably want to know how you can have the urgent care experience possible.

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You want to make sure you are:

  • Seen by a qualified doctor
  • Get answers to all of your questions
  • Get the best care at the best cost.

An often overlooked right you also have as a patient is know how long is this going to take? The easiest way to get a realistic view into clinic availability and wait time is by booking an appointment with Solv before going to the clinic.

Do I Need an Appointment for Urgent Care?

The answer to this is two-fold. On one hand, you don’t technically need an appointment — virtually all urgent care clinics accept walk-in patients. On the other, booking an appointment for an urgent care visit can save you a ton of time.

In fact, the average time people who book an appointment with Solv wait is under 8 minutes (that’s only about 3 minutes longer than you’d wait for your morning coffee at Starbucks!). Walk-ins without an appointment wait at least 2 times longer than those who have an appointment.

Most importantly, you can book appointments around the clock. That means that when it’s 11pm, the clinic is closed, and your kids catch a virus, you can rest easy knowing you have an appointment first thing in the morning.

Still, the wait times at urgent care are far shorter than those at an emergency room (which can range from one to four hours), and you’ll receive care at a fraction of the cost.

Why Should You Book Online When Boing to Urgent Care?

Do you hate the thought of waiting for care? You’re not the only one. Solv’s survey found that 70% of urgent care patients would prefer to schedule an appointment online, rather than wait in line. Some patients even said they would pay more just to be seen faster.

This isn’t that surprising, though. One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you’re sick or have sustained an injury, (or, even worse, if your child is the one not feeling well) is uncertainty. While you can’t control many of the circumstances that cause longer wait times, you can reduce the time you spend in the waiting room by booking an urgent care appointment online.

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You can book an appointment 24/7 — Let’s face it: going to urgent care is stressful. But you can cut down on the amount of additional stress you have to deal with by knowing exactly when you’ll be seen by a doctor. Less stress can also mean better health, according to some doctors.

NextCare Urgent Care Create Accounts

You can create an account — Your Solv account holds all the important information you and your family need and makes it easy to book appointments for your all your family members. After your first visit, re-book the same urgent care center in just a couple of clicks.

NextCare Urgent Care Manage Insurance

You can add and manage your insurance — Take a photo of your insurance card with your smart phone, have our system seamless transcribe it and transmit your policy details to the urgent care clinic. And once it is in there for you and your family, you don't have to mess with it for your next visit, saving you time and hassle.

What Happens When you Walk in to Urgent Care?

The average wait time at urgent care facilities when you don’t have an appointment can range from 15 to 40 minutes, though this is greatly impacted by a variety of factors — how many other patients are waiting to be seen, how serious their illnesses or injuries are, whether they’ve made an appointment beforehand, and how long it takes doctors to treat the patients who are seen before you.

While it may seem as though urgent care is a “first come, first served” facility, this isn’t the case. Which patient gets seen first is largely dependent on the severity of the illness or injury, not how long you’ve been waiting. Even once you’re called back to see a doctor, you could spend additional time waiting to talk to them — this can range from a couple minutes to half an hour, depending on how busy the urgent care center is.

When you factor in time spent in the waiting room, time spent waiting in the doctor’s office, and the time it takes to receive treatment, you’re looking at a walk-in urgent care visit that can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Still, the wait times at urgent care are far shorter than those at an emergency room (which can range from one to four hours), and you’ll receive care at a fraction of the cost.

Save Time, Book Your Urgent Care Visit Online with Solv

Emergencies happen and sometimes you need care fast. At Solv, we believe that you should be able to get last-minute, quality care without the wait. When you use Solv to make a same-day urgent care appointment, you’ll be seen even faster.

Less time spent waiting and know that you’re getting quality and affordable care? It doesn’t get much better than that.