Seeking Medical Treatment
When you get sick or injured, where do you seek medical care?If you have the flu, a sprain or minor cut, you can go to an urgent care center, walk-in clinic, on-campus nurse or doctor’s office for a fraction of the cost of the emergency room. It is important to reserve the emergency room for real emergencies. Emergency rooms in the US are expensive and are designed for life-threatening or very severe illnesses and injuries only.
The best place to start is your on-campus health center or clinic. These clinics are typically free, are close and convenient, and even if you end up having to go somewhere else later, will save you money under most insurance plans. Other convenient options are walk-in clinics or urgent care centers. With extended hours, no appointment required, and the ability to deal with a wide variety of medical issues, these providers have become extremely popular. They can cost a bit more than a doctor’s office, but much less than an emergency room, and typically accept a wide variety of insurance plans.
What to Expect at an Urgent Care Center or Doctor’s Office
Before you see the doctor
- Check in at the Front Desk and Bring Identification.
- You must show valid photo identification, which can be a driver’s license, passport, or student ID card.
- Please bring your current insurance card.
Have a clear idea of what you would like the doctor to help with.
- Know and write down your symptoms, the order in which they appeared, and anything that makes them better or worse.
- Write down any other health concerns you might want to discuss with your doctor.
- Have a list of any allergies, especially concerning medicine or food, that the doctor or nurse needs to be aware of.
Follow the doctor’s advice.
- If you receive a prescription, take it to the nearest pharmacy so you can purchase your medication.
- Call your doctor’s office if you don’t understand any of the instructions.
- Call and tell your doctor or nurse if you feel worse or have other problems or side effects from any medicines after the visit.
- If you have an appointment for a follow-up visit, keep the appointment.
- Emergency Rooms are expensive and should be used for emergencies ONLY.
- Start your care with the on-campus nurse, located in Andorfer Commons, room 164.
- When visiting your doctor, check in at the front desk with your photo I.D., passport, driver’s license, etc.
- Have a clear idea of what you want to talk to your doctor about.
- Follow the doctor and/or campus nurse’s advice.