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Ace Midnight
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
"Almost, but not unlike your regular doctor, but we have longer hours" Care, then?


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Mahootney
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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The entire reason urgent care was invented is for walk-ins. It's for when you need to see a doctor, but don't want to wait a week or 2 to see your personal physician. But it's not serious enough to where you'd need to go to er.
Pre-2020. This is what it was.
Now, they are completely overwhelmed from open to close in most locations.

People need to stop getting tested for a cold.


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Ryan3232
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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I prefer urgent care places that do take appointments so I am not just sitting around waiting.
I seem to wait around for 30+ minutes for scheduled doctors appointments as well..


tigerbacon
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Most people get tested because the need the positive for employers and don’t want to be a Douche and spread it to others


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HoustonChick86
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
Right, its why I try and do telehealth visits whenever possible. Plus they are free through my insurance so I don't have to sit around waiting when I know what is wrong with me.

Only once have they told me I really need you to go see someone in person because I can't give a proper diagnosis. He was pretty certain of what it was (a stye on my eye, but literally my entire eye was swollen shut). I made an urgent care appointment and walked right in and within a second of the doctor walking in he was like you have a stye here is your antibiotic. See ya. I've never had a stye grow on the inside of my eyelid to the point of having it swell shut. I thought it was a bug bit that just was taking forever to heal.


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Spasweezy
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
I went to the dollar store and the cashier tried to tell me the item I bought was more than a dollar. I told her that she may want to change the sign out front…


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JFT96
Member since Dec 2021
159 posts

re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
Urgent cares have been packed since the start of the school year back in August. I sat in one for 5hrs waiting for my son to get a mono test back in September.
I'd rather have an appointment than sit in that waiting room again.


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Ponchy Tiger
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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. I told her they may want to change the sign out front.


exactly, welcome to Biden's world.


Chad504boy
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
I got an oil change and it took 37 minutes, not 5 minutes. I told them may want to change the sign out front


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concrete_tiger
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
Could be worse. Many rural areas, like where I am from, have seen most/all hospitals close completely due to ACA compliance costs and COVID killing off revenue streams.

People are literally dying because of it, several people have had strokes or heart attacks and lack of immediate care meant they died in their front yard or in transit.

Imagine living in a rural town and your only option is a minimum 40 minute ride to nearest ER, 1 hour or more to competent ER. My daughter broke her leg while visiting grandparents, and we rushed to ER, only to have to drive to Atlanta for pediatric care we needed. Luckily they let us drive her instead of an ambulance ride that would have cost god knows how much.


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tokenBoiler
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Member since Aug 2012
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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People are using urgent care clinics as their personal covid testing sites every time their taint itches.
Itchy taint is pretty urgent. You want to try to get through a zoom meeting with that going on?


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Volt
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
They’re going to appointment only because they’re overwhelmed right now with all the wahoos going there for the sniffles.


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Bow08tie
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
The UC nearest my location has been doing appointments for a year or more.


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OweO
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
I don't understand these operations. They seem like they are popping up all over, but I thought the point was to be open during the time doctor offices are not.. But I notice they are not open during times I would think would be the best time to open.

Obviously there is a reason for it. Maybe there is a certain time when it is too much of a cost risk to stay open, but it would seem like 3PM - Midnight would be the time to be open.


DaBeerz
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Member since Sep 2004
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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it would seem like 3PM - Midnight would be the time to be open.


That would defeat the purpose of going for a work note, also no employee would work that shift. If it’s a true urgency then that’s what an ER is for, otherwise it can wait til the next day


Grateful Reb
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Member since Apr 2011
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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I told her they may want to change the sign out front.


I’m sure the girl working for minimum wage who looked up from her iPhone for 10 seconds was devastated.


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LSUFanHouston
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Member since Jul 2009
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
For a while the urgent care place by us stopped during urgent care and only did walk in rapid covid tests.

There was no other place in St. Bernard who was doing rapid tests. I assume they were making crazy bank.

It also seems like people have started using the urgent care as their PCP. If I'm sick and need to see a doc I can call my PCP and maybe he gets me in late today or tomorrow. My PCP co-pay is $25. Or... I can go to urgent care, be seen pretty quickly, and move on... and my co-pay is $50.

Most people will pay the extra $25 to be seen sooner.


LSUFanHouston
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NOLA
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re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
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But I notice they are not open during times I would think would be the best time to open.


Fewer PCPs these days. More people needing care during day.


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OweO
LSU Fan
Plaquemine, La
Member since Sep 2009
99803 posts

re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
But I am sure you have a lot of people who go to the ER for bull shite reasons that they would have gone to an urgent care if one was open. Or even for something like getting stitches, etc...

But yeah, I thought about how difficult it would be to find people willing to work those hours.


Tiger Prawn
Member since Dec 2016
19067 posts

re: Urgent Care locations going to appointment only?
Urgent care isn't just for people needing to get seen after 5:00 when their PCP's office closes. Lots of PCP's may be all booked up on appointments for a week or so out. So if you're trying to get a prescription for tamiflu or needing to be checked for strep throat, waiting a week to see your PCP isn't ideal but neither is going to an ER. So walk-in urgent care fills that void.

Its just that covid testing has overwhelmed a lot of urgent care clinics because so many people are going in to get covid tests with no symptoms or a case of sniffles. Stuff that would've just been treated with OTC cold medicine at home without ever making a trip to a doctor's office 2 years ago.


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