These walk-in facilities provide unscheduled medical care for injuries or illnesses that require immediate care but that aren’t serious enough for an ER Visit.
Since the 1970s, Urgent Care in the U.S. has focused on “the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency department.” These walk-in facilities provide unscheduled medical care for injuries or illnesses that require immediate care but that aren’t serious enough for an ER Visit. They are generally staffed by a physician, nurses, physician assistants, and medical assistants. Even more good news, statistics show that 90% of Urgent Care patients wait no longer than 30 minutes to see a Provider!
What does OneShare Health consider Urgent Care?
According to OneShare Health’s Program Guidelines, Urgent Care is defined as "Medical care received for a sudden illness or injury that is not Life-Threatening or Life-Altering but does require immediate care to avoid severe pain, suffering, or complications."
Fortunately, OneShare Members* get to enjoy broad access to Urgent Care Facilities and other Provider Choice across the country thanks to Freedom of Choice.
Please note that Urgent Care is not available on the OneShare Health Catastrophic Program, and not all services are Eligible for Sharing. Urgent Care is subject to Pre-Existing Limitations, and Waiting Periods may apply. This highlights the Classic Program, please refer to your Membership Guidebook to see how your specific Program applies.
When should you go to an Urgent Care Facility?
Your first line of defense for common and acute ailments is a Clever Health™ visit. Smart Virtual Care visits are always 100% shared at OneShare Health, meaning this is a $0 Visit Fee for you. However, a sudden illness or injury that is not Life-Threatening or Life-Altering but does require immediate care to avoid severe pain, suffering, or complications, should receive care at an Urgent Care Facility.
Some common examples that call for an Urgent Care Visit** include severe cold- and flu-like symptoms; sprains and strains; minor cuts, even ones that require stitches; nausea; signs of infection for example a urinary tract infection; minor burns; fever; dehydration and earaches. Some Urgent Care Facilities may also offer imaging, X-rays, and Lab Services on-site.
Please note, an ER Visit is only Eligible for Life-Threatening or Life-Altering conditions.
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*Urgent Care is Not Eligible for Sharing on the OneShare Health Catastrophic Program.
**Pre-Existing Conditions apply, and a Waiting Period may apply. Please refer to your specific Membership Guidebook for details.
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