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Date:5/7/2013

ding to Dr. Korn. In some states, urgent care centers can dispense the same medications as a pharmacy.
Their urgent care centers are staffed with board certified physician. “In our center, anytime a patient requests it, they can see the doctor rather than the physician assistant or nurse practitioner,” says ,Korn MD.

How to find one of those facilities - It’s a good idea to locate an fastcare facility close by to know where to get quick help when needed, and to research what its medical capabilities are. Paying a visit and asking about their facilities for treating a certain condition is also a good idea, such as the ability to do lab work, CT scans, or life support if the situation demands it.
To locate urgent care Miami facilities, look for one that is accredited - which indicates that it meets industry standards for ambulatory care.
Cost - As a rule of thumb, one-third to one-half that of an emergency room visit, according to Dr. Korn. Urgent care centers usually accept many types of insurance, cash, debit or credit cards.

When should a patient visit an Emergency room? In a case of symptoms of heart attack, stroke or feeling of "life or limb", it is recommended to go immediately to the emergency room, even if the person is unsure of the symptoms. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, a patient should visit the ER when having any of the following warning signs:

  •     Chest pain or pressure
  •     Uncontrolled bleeding
  •     Sudden or severe pain
  •     Coughing or vomiting blood
  •     Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  •     Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision
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