Authored By: Candace Whitman
Urgent care facilities and walk-in clinics have increased in popularity because of the many conveniences they provide. People are able to visit one of these facilities when their doctor is unavailable, when they don’t want to take the time to schedule an appointment with their regular doctor, or when they need to be treated immediately, but they do not believe their ailment is serious enough to go to the emergency room.
However, Randy Appleton writes in his article on the Legal Examiner, that the quality of treatment patients are receiving may be suffering as a result of the convenience and speed that urgent care and walk-in facilities provide.
The problem often occurs when a patient visits an urgent care or walk-in facility for what they believe is a minor medical problem that is actually a life-threatening condition. Appleton reports that, in many cases, these facilities will fail to re-evaluate a patient’s vital signs before sending them home. The “’express’ mindset” that many of these facilities have may cause patients to suffer.
To read Randy Appleton’s full article and learn more about the potential risks of urgent care facilities, click here.
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