Think you need to go see an ER pain doctor? Think again. Here are the top secrets ER pain doctors won’t tell you, revealed!
- Urgent cares are better. To put it blatantly, ER doctors are rushed, and if your condition is not life-threatening, you are moved to the bottom of the wait list. Even when you are seen, the visit is rushed, and can come with a mess of costs. In terms of cost, wait times, and the time your doctor will spend with you, urgent cares are the way to go.
- You may end up more confused. If you entered the ER thinking you simply needed medication for a headache, think again. Because of fear of lawsuits, most ER doctors want to cover all the bases to make sure it isn’t something serious – even when they secretly know it isn’t. Expect specialists you’ve never heard of, and testing you never knew existed.
- You may have to pay out-of-pocket for huge bills. Yeah, you double-checked that your insurance covered that particular ER. However, certain doctors within that ER could be out-of-network. Oh, insurance companies are sly! But you can outsmart them. Just call ahead of time (if your condition is not life-threatening) and check in with an urgent care. Your pocket will thank you.
- Expect to get sicker. Peak hours at an emergency room are packed with practically everyone and their mom, and usually in a small room. The amount of germs that can cause bacterial and viral infections (check this out for prevention!) is phenomenal, and a fraction will probably end up on you. If you must go to an ER, Wash. Your. Hands.
Healthpointe doctors provide health care – not just sick care! We are passionate about health, mindfulness, and prevention, and helping you achieve holistic well-being. For more information about pain doctors at Healthpointe, call 888-719-8448, or visit any of our clinics.
Healthpointe is a healthcare organization offering medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County), in over 10 cities including La Mirada by Whittier, La Habra, Norwalk, Cerritos, Buena Park, and Santa Fe Springs. We are proud of our record of excellence over the last 40 years with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit Healthpointe.net.