ER alternatives

To ER or not to ER?

When you need health care right away, your first thought might be, “Go to the nearest emergency room (ER).” But not all situations are true emergencies. That’s why it’s important to know you have other options that cost less and are quicker such as:

Your primary care doctor: Your doctor’s office is a great place for scheduled care and checkups. Always try them first during office hours in a non-life-threatening emergency.

Retail health clinic: Often found in major pharmacy or retail stores, your local retail health clinic can provide flu shots and help with mild rashes, fevers or colds.

Urgent care center: These centers are accessible in many communities at all hours of the day and night. Doctors and nurses can help with non-life-threatening but urgently needed care quickly. They can handle many things that may have brought you to the ER before such as X-rays, lab tests and stitches.

LiveHealth Online: Anthem Blue Cross members can see a doctor without leaving their home. With LiveHealth Online you can visit with a doctor by video on your smartphone, tablet or computer using their free app or going to Doctors can answer questions and diagnose many common problems, including sore throats, infections, rashes and the flu.

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