The Best Care is the Right Care

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:50 AM by Sara@LS

The best care is not always the most expensive. Getting the best care means receiving quality treatment in a timely manner that concerns your current symptoms or conditions.


Where you go for care depends on your situation. Take control of your health by learning available care options and when they should be used. Use this as a guide:


Office Visit  

If you need medical care, but it is not an emergency, you should call your primary care provider (PCP). The benefit of visiting your PCP is that the more they know about your health, the better he or she can help keep you well or manage your condition. Your PCP may treat you personally or refer you to someone else.


Keep your PCP’s contact information handy to make sure you can easily access them when necessary.


Urgent Care

If you need to take care of a problem right away because you feel sick or uncomfortable, an urgent care center is sometimes the next best option to seeking care from your PCP. Many urgent care centers are open after regular business hours and on weekends, and are often able to accommodate walk-ins. You can locate an urgent care provider in your Provider Directory at


Hospital Emergency Room (ER) 

Not all visits to a hospital emergency room (ER) are actual emergencies. More than 80 percent of ER visits could have been managed by your PCP or an urgent care center. If you visit the ER for a problem that is not an emergency, you may wait longer or pay more than you would at your doctor or an urgent care center.


When you go to an emergency room, a healthcare provider will determine whether you need emergency care. Examples of emergencies may include:

·         Difficulty breathing

·         Chest pain

·         Broken bones

·         Eye injuries

·         Poisoning

·         Loss of consciousness

·         Stroke

·         Severe head injury, burns, bleeding or deep wounds


If you think you having a medical emergency, go to the nearest ER or call 911 immediately


Inform your PCP of any emergency care you receive. They can help you pinpoint where to go in different situations, and then you can share the plan with your family and friends.



Source: The Mayo Clinic and

Feb 7, 2011, 7:54 AM