The Difference Between Walk-In Clinics and Urgent Care
There was a time people had just two options when seeking medical treatment: make an appointment with their primary doctor or go to the emergency room. But in the past decade alone, consumers have been met with more options in how and where they receive medical treatment.
While this is ultimately good news for consumers, the truth is, many are still confused about these new options. Urgent care, convenient care, walk-in clinics… it can be hard to understand what each offer.
In this article, we’ll look at the differences between urgent care and walk-in clinics, as these are the two primary alternative options for receiving medical treatment, and the two that seem to confuse people the most.
What is a Walk-In Clinic?
You’ve most likely seen a walk-in clinic in one of your neighborhood drug stores like CVS or Walgreens. They offer medical care that is very convenient, and typically very fast and affordable.
These walk-in clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It’s important to understand what these medical professionals can and cannot do. Let’s start with nurse practitioners.
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness and are able to do the following: