According to a recent report, Illinois has a 33 percent poverty rate with 22 percent of children living in poverty. While this creates many social strains, it also has an impact on how people use and misuse the healthcare system. Higher poverty rates are closely associated with unnecessary emergency room visits, leading to more expensive services and overpopulated hospitals.

Illinois Healthcare Laws 

While many hope that new healthcare laws will give patients better access to general physicians and urgent care centers, some research shows increasing the number of Medicaid recipients could actually cause more people to visit hospital ERs. The Illinois Policy Institute shows that Medicaid recipients use the ER for preventable conditions about three times as often as people without any insurance.

Over 35 percent of primary care physicians in Illinois do not accept Medicaid. Two-thirds of specialists won't even give appointments to people using Medicaid. With new healthcare laws expanding Medicaid significantly, this situation will further exacerbate the problem of unnecessary ER visits.

Urgent Care in Illinois

Because urgent care centers in Illinois are lower in cost that ERs and require cash payment or co-payment at the time of service, they offer a great alternative for immediate or preventative care for people wishing to avoid hospitals and who have the ability to pay for the services they consume.

Walk-in Clinics in Illinois

Urgent care centers aren’t the only alternative to preventative ER visits or strained physician offices, however. There are a variety of Illinoi walk-in clinics able to see patients for a variety of non-emergent illnesses and injuries, as well as preventative care and immunizations. Specifically, retail clinics, such as those operating within big-box retailers like Walmart or Target or pharmacies like Walgreens or CVS, offer great access points for patients.

Specific urgent care and walk-in clinic services available in may include STD testing flu shots, school physicals and many other valuable services

Highest Rated Urgent Care Centers

Top Rated Urgent Care Centers in Illinois

  • PM Pediatrics, Mount Prospect
    Closed
    200 W Rand Rd Mount Prospect, IL 60056
    Open from 12:00 pm – 11:59 pm today
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    Reviewed on Apr 2021

    My son had the privilege of being the first patient at MP Pediatrics Urgent Care. The whole staff is very professional, helpful & very kind. I am so happy and grateful to now have a great place to take my son should he need urgent care in the future. Highly recommend, Laura M. (Mom)

  • Darien Immediate Care
    Closed
    8190 Cass Ave Darien, IL 60561
    Open from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm today
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    Reviewed on Apr 2021

    Dr. Brown and staff are always very helpful, respectful and efficient every time I’ve been there. I really appreciate their hard work.

Cities in Illinois with Urgent Care

There are 1143 cities in Illinois with at least 1 urgent care center.

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