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    Why Should You Go to Urgent Care?

    What is an urgent care facility

    Urgent care centers represent one of the highest growing segments in the medical care industry of the United States. For the most part, urgent care facilities can treat sprains and strains, fractures, upper respiratory illnesses, gastrointestinal conditions like food poisoning, lacerations, and concussions. Recently, however, urgent care centers have begun to offer services like x-rays and std testing.

    A 2012 study by the Rand Corporation found that about a fifth of all visits to hospital emergency rooms were unnecessary; nearly one in five people who went to the ER could have been treated at urgent care centers. Overall, those savings could have totaled $4.4 billion in health-care costs.

    On that note, the typical emergency department visit costs an average of $1,500 or more. Conversely,

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