When You Should Consider Going to a Walk-In Clinic

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With so many options existing in the world of healthcare services today, it is often difficult to determine which type of location is most beneficial for your circumstance. Whether a general practitioner, urgent care, emergency rooms, or walk-in clinics, understanding the advantages and benefits acquired from each can often be confusing. As a result of this confusion, individuals and patients tend to overpay for their care and treatment, resulting in the financial burden that has become synonymous with getting treated at a healthcare facility.

When it comes to walk-in clinics, there are an array of factors to consider that would best be suited at these medical locations, as opposed to going to a doctor’s office or the urgent care. This can include things such as the onset of minor illnesses, a typical, non-threatening injury, or if you’re on a tight schedule on a daily basis. Either way, there are various reasons why you may want to consider going to a walk-in clinic. Below you’ll find some of the primary reasons you should choose a walk-in clinic over other types of care, and how each will be most beneficial for you:

When you’re on a tight schedule

Going to a Walk-In Clinic - EzCare Medical Clinic
Going to a Walk-In Clinic – EzCare Medical Clinic

With general practitioners having such small windows of operation during the weekdays and outright being closed on the weekends, it can often be difficult to squeeze in a visit if you are on a tight schedule. Especially considering the extensive wait times that are present at the majority of physician’s offices, visits can become extremely inefficient in your busy day.

If you find yourself being unable to move around your daily schedule to fit in a doctor’s appointment and visit, consider going to a walk-in clinic for quick and efficient service, available during an array of hours throughout the day. Many walk-in clinics are open from early morning hours, such as 7 am and stay open to see patients into the later evening, with some staying open as late as 10 pm. If you don’t have time in your day to squeeze in a visit, going to a walk-in will be convenient and time-efficient for your schedule.

If you have a minor illness or injury

Often times people will visit their physician’s office for some very minor ailments. Things such as a common cold, basic flu, sprained ankles, or other types of acute illnesses can often be treated more efficiently at a walk-in clinic. Due to their ability to handle these minor issues quickly given their strong and advantageous patient-to-staff ratio at many walk-in clinics, it allows for these problems to be treated without the headache and stress that may come with visiting the office of your general physician.

It should be noted, however, that if the illness is a more serious one that cannot be resolved by a simple walk-in clinic visit, that making an appointment with your general physician should be undertaken immediately. This will ensure that the complications do not get worse, and you can be treated and back to normal quickly.

If you need a flu shot or other immunizations

If flu season is right around the corner, it is likely you or your family will be looking to get a flu shot in order to avoid coming down with a far worse version of the illness. Getting such immunizations is often most effective when done at a walk-in clinic, allowing patients to be in and out in far less than an hour. On the other hand, however, those who visit a general practitioner may be required to wait for more than an hour at the office, cutting significantly into their daily schedules and making it difficult to attend the doctor in the first place. Other immunizations and screenings can also be handled at walk-in clinics, in order to avoid the stressors of a general practitioner.

If you need to get a physical

An overwhelming majority of walk-in clinics can provide physical screenings for anyone who requires it, for whatever reason they may need. Not only is it more affordable and time-friendly to go to a walk-in clinic for this screening, but it is also generally more accessible and easy to do it this way as well. The nurse or physician’s assistant tending to your need will be able to provide you a copy of your screening notes, as well as send them out to an array of different healthcare providers if that is needed.

When you need to save money

Aside from being more time efficient and easy to deal with than a general practitioner’s office, going to a walk-in clinic is simultaneously far more cost-friendly than the latter. One of the primary concerns for those who need to visit a physician is the financial burden that it will bring about for them and their families, therefore causing them to forgo a visit. However, walk-in clinics reduce the monetary risk that often comes with a physician’s visit, and can handle the minor issues and illnesses at an affordable price.

When you feel a cold coming on

Many people are able to feel themselves coming down with a cold, prior to actually becoming engulfed by the illness. Unfortunately, a visit to the physician’s office may take a few days to book an available appointment, and by that time the ailment is already set inside the body. In order to avoid this complication, consider going to a walk-in clinic as soon as the cold (or other minor illness) is felt inside the body, as it will allow you to mitigate the ailment prior to it being in full swing.

The above considerations are just a few examples of when it would be beneficial to go to a walk-in clinic, and provides insight into the benefits of doing so as opposed to a physician visit. Going to a walk-in clinic is more affordable and accessible, convenient to fit your schedule, as well as providing effective care for acute illnesses. If any of the above apply to you, considering a visit to the walk-in clinic can have immense benefits and advantages.

Do walk-in clinics accept insurance. EzCare Walk-in Clinic
Do walk-in clinics accept insurance. EzCare Walk-in Clinic

7 comments

  • Jeremy Thompson

    January 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I do like how you mentioned that walk-in medical clinics are best for those people with tight schedules as there would be no medical appointments needed to be made before seeking their aid. That sounds well suited for me as it should potentially hasten things whenever I get sick. My job is quite taxing and is requiring strict schedules to follow which is why I do neglect my health sometimes. Having these walk-in clinics available should change that soon. Thanks!

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  • Kayle Dunn

    February 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I just had my first visit with EZCare and it went extremely smoothly! This was my first ever tele-health visit and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The Doctor was prompt, took her time asking about my medical history and discussed treatment options with me focusing on my comfort. I will definitely tell my friends about the EZCare walk-in whenever they need to be seen quickly and treated well by an excellent provider!

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  • Melanie Martinez

    February 15, 2018 at 1:23 am

    This walk-in clinic was a Godsend! This is truly the future of SMART healthcare. I am a nurse. I’ve worked in healthcare for years and wondered why some doctors insist upon dragging sick people into their office to spread their germs to the masses. For common ailments, this is the way to go.

    Let’s face it. You know when it’s no longer a cold and it’s something more. You know what you need: antibiotics and perhaps an inhaler or some cough syrup. It’s the same every time. People are more educated about their own health. Doctors have a set of skills that can help determine what ails you with a few quick questions. So why not combine those two factors and eliminate the need to trudge out when you’re feeling your worst? The last thing a compromised immune system needs is to get out of bed, sit in a doctor’s office for two hours around other sick people and in turn spread their germs to others.

    So..,my story: my cold started a week ago while I was in DC visiting family. Then I traveled on the longest flight from DC to SFO and my ears were painfully NOT popping on descent. For the next 2 days, I lay in bed miserably rolling between coughing, sneezing, draining, stuffiness, aching, wheezing, fever, and just wanting to crawl under a rock and sleep forever. Finally I dragged myself out to Urgent Care in Corte Madera and was told that no one could see me until 430pm the following day (yesterday). Really? You’re kidding. All I need is for a doctor to lay eyes on me and spend 5 minutes with me to see/hear what I needed. So I begrudgingly left their office and sat in my car and Googled “Walk-in Clinics Near Me.” EZCare popped up.

    Now normally I’d be skeptical. It’s one of the top hits under the “AD” section. It sounds too good to be true. I even chatted the company and asked a few questions which were answered in a very timely matter. I was impressed! Not 5 minutes to respond but seconds. OK. Convenience? Check. Customer Service? Check. Cheap? Check. Immediate? Check.

    I had an educated doctor call me promptly at the specified time. She took time to hear my story/signs/symptoms. We spoke for about 10-15 minutes (more time than you get with a doctor in an office)!. What more do you need to know? I’m seriously LOVING this service. VERY impressed! Thank you, EZCare! Thank you!

    ps.. I’m feeling MUCH better!

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  • Ruby Gardner

    February 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    This is the future of healthcare, Thank goodness.

    Everything about EZCare is 100{c8203d9761d747080d5d8d8905d1aba42b1fc0bb0c6677c47be69113e1f0c095} convenient. The administrator is tremendously helpful with concerns, and the website is super easy to use. The doctor who called me (Dr. Stacie) was prompt, friendly, and very thorough. I saved a HUGE amount of time and money . Transparent prices , to talk to an educated doctor? And I don’t have to leave my house? I am so sold on EZCare!

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  • Thomas Jameson

    May 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

    It’s good to know that you can go to a walk-in clinic if you have a minor injury or illness. My daughter gets sick frequently, but I don’t want to pay for a hospital visit every time it happens. My wife and I will be looking further into full-service clinics near us in the future.

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  • Kate Hansen

    July 24, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I like how you included that you should go into a medical clinic when you need immunizations. My son needs his flu shot and I didn’t know if I could go to a medical clinic. I’ll keep this in mind if I decide to go to one.

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  • Ellie Davis

    December 6, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I liked that you mentioned a walk-in clinic will be able to provide physical screenings. My sister is new in town, and we are looking for advice to help her choose a clinic. I will let her know about your article to help her understand the benefits of walk-in clinics.

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