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What do you guys think about urgent care facilities?

In October, the Urgent Care failed to diagnosis my fiance's sprained ankle and insisted that only her foot was broken. Four weeks later, she still couldn't put any weight on the foot. We went to the podiatrist and he said, the foot was not a big deal, that she had a severe sprain in her ankle. Put an air cast on the ankle and she was better in 10 days.

Fast forward to this week. Chest and stomach pains that have a stabbing feel. Doctor at Urgent Care (tried a different one this time) says nothing is wrong, that it was just a bug. Go on a non-meat/dairy diet.

Four days later, pains have amplified. I called Urgent Care and they said come in for another visit. I asked what they would do differently this time and they said they couldn't tell me over the phone.

My question: are urgent care facilities a scam? Lull people into thinking they can handle medical problems when they are only equipped to handle the most minor ailments (colds, shallow lacerations, fevers, etc)?????
 

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Here's my thoughts on Urgent care facilities.....they are just that. Urgent Care and not Emergency care. I.e. trauma etc. strictly a triage type facility and 9-10 if its something less thx. Life threatening they are ok, and are good for those folks who shouldn't be clogging up an ER. Or do not have access to their family doctor 24/7.

One good thing for me about those urgent care facilities is the fact I only have to pay my reg co pay vs my ER co pay. Which for me is a saving of 125.00..

I've learned that any chest pain or extreme stomach pain, I'm gonna spend the $125.00 more and go to an ER vs urgent care.
 

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My Dr's office has signs in every treatment room warning about these places and has several examples of things they screwed up for patients.
 

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I think you go to those places for minor infections or colds and the flu and basic medical care. Anything more serious, I'd go to the ER.
 

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Have used them several times at the shore for stitches or something like a sinus infection. The one I used were convenient and kept me from a 6 hr wait over at the ER. Most are a 7 day operation with long hours.

This is just a step up from the Minuit clinics many of the big box pharmacies have, which you will only be seen by a nurse practitioner or Physicians assistant.

For suspicion of heart attacks or stroke or serious medical issue 911 is the way to go
 

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These facilities are out there for a certain purpose and serve that purpose very well.

We shouldn't blame them for people that try to use them for something they are not.
 

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waynectyhunter said:
What do you guys think about urgent care facilities?

In October, the Urgent Care failed to diagnosis my fiance's sprained ankle and insisted that only her foot was broken. Four weeks later, she still couldn't put any weight on the foot. We went to the podiatrist and he said, the foot was not a big deal, that she had a severe sprain in her ankle. Put an air cast on the ankle and she was better in 10 days.
huuhh?
 

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Can't complain too much. Gone to them a few times for this and that. Also I use them at work for pre-employment and post accident drug screenings, they are convenient.

Be aware of a couple of things though, in <span style="font-style: italic">my experience </span>most of the time you are treated by the Physicians Assistant unless it is a more serious case. Additionally be aware that they will bill your insurance for the Doctor on duty. Meaning that if 90% of the time they are an Emergency Room Doctor items will be billed under his code. (i.e. ER) but if they are a private practioner (sp) it will be billed as such.

*Again, these are events from personal experience it may noy be indicative of all Urgent Care/MedExpress facilities.
 

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waynectyhunter said:
What do you guys think about urgent care facilities?

In October, the Urgent Care failed to diagnosis my fiance's sprained ankle and insisted that only her foot was broken. Four weeks later, she still couldn't put any weight on the foot. We went to the podiatrist and he said, the foot was not a big deal, that she had a severe sprain in her ankle. Put an air cast on the ankle and she was better in 10 days.
huuhh?
Not sure what you are puzzled by? I'm telling you exactly how it went down.

I emailed Patient First to address the inadequate care on Sunday and have not heard back yet.
 

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waynectyhunter said:
I emailed Patient First to address the inadequate care on Sunday and have not heard back yet.
If you hear back at all, it'll probably be a letter from a lawyer!
 

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I work as an ER nurse. Express care type places are great. I'll tell you the same thing I tell out patients who ask. "If you know what's wrong and just need it fixed, go to an express care". Only exception is orthopedic injury. Anything else come to the ER. You would take your car to Jiffy Lube to have them rebuild the engine would ya?

As far as the OPs complaint about missing a sprain. It is impossible to diagnose via X-ray. If the patient has pain, but no fracture on X-ray the docs diagnose as a sprain. Since the patient had a fracture I am guessing that where they stopped looking. Willing to bet they recommended follow up with an orthopedic specialist ASAP.
 

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i've seen just as bad from radiologists and rehab dr's.
radiologist missed my extreamly odvious shattered toe
dr missed my torn miniscus
don't trust any of them, expecially the pill pushers. life is not better through chemistry
 

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Just went to one on Saturday.I had what I was pretty sure was strep and just wanted antibiotics for it.Took a throat culture and confirmed it as such.They prescribed antibiotics and I'm healed.I personally can't complain.
 
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