Urgent Care vs. ER

Brentview Medical Urgent Care Emergency Room
Wait Time Shorter Longer
Cost Generally Less Generally More
Healthcare Provider M.D. and/or Physician Assistant Med Student, Nurse Practitioner, Intern, Resident, Physician Assistant, or M.D.
Setting Clinic Hospital
Problems Treated Non-Life Threatening All Problems
Follow Up Care Provided Yes No
Overnight Stays No Yes
Advanced Imaging (e.g. MRI) Referral to outside imaging facilities Onsite
Operating Hours 8AM – 8PM M-F, 9AM – 5PM Sat-Sun 24 / 7

If your urgent care medical providers feels like your condition needs the immediate attention by a specialist or by an emergency room, he/she will provide you with an immediate referral for those services

Urgent care has become an important component of healthcare delivery in the United States. Urgent care is the delivery of medical care in a clinic dedicated to the delivery of medical care outside of a hospital emergency department, usually on an unscheduled, walk-in basis. What sets apart a walk-in clinic vs. an ER is that urgent care centers generally treat individuals who have an injury or illness that requires immediate medical attention but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to a hospital emergency room. To see a list of medical issues commonly treated by urgent care physicians, please visit Brentview Medical’s Urgent Care Overview Page.