I often talk with clients about when to use different providers for medical care. “Should I go a Convenience Care Clinic, Urgent Care Clinic, the Emergency Room, or see my doctor?” is a question often asked in enrollment meetings. So I thought I’d give a handy primer.

But, as always, if it is a life threatening emergency dial 911!

Convenience Care Clinic – these clinics treat minor medical concerns. They are typically staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. Located in retail stores and pharmacies. Often open nights and weekends. Cost is typically lower than a doctor’s office, no appointment needed, and wait times are typically 15 minutes or less.

Conditions treated*

  • Common Cold / Flu
  • Rashes or skin conditions
  • Sore throat, earache, sinus pain
  • Minor cuts or burns

Doctor’s Office – the best place to go for routine or preventive care, to keep track of medications, or to see a medical specialist. May charge a co-pay or cost applies to your deductible, usually requires an appointment, short wait times.