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There’s no question that a hospital is the best place to seek care in a life-threatening emergency.
In situations that aren’t as serious, however, it can save you both time and money to seek treatment elsewhere. In a column for The New York Times, Dr. Richard Klasco and Dr. Richard Zane offered other options to consider for same-day care that may help you avoid the unpleasant surprise that often comes with an emergency room bill, such as a clinic, virtual care, and more.
Those options include:
How do you know where to go? Always seek emergency room care if you or a loved one suffers from chest or abdominal pain, shortness of breath or vomiting, Klasco and Zane advise. Consider alternatives if you have a cough, sore throat, headache, fever or back pain.
Have you saved time or money by seeking same-day care someplace other than a hospital emergency room? How did it work out? Share your story with Voices for Affordable Health.