When you’re sick or injured, waiting days or even weeks to see your regular doctor can be frustrating and even dangerous. That’s where immediate care centers come in. These medical facilities provide fast, affordable treatment for non-life-threatening conditions, with shorter wait times than the emergency room and lower costs than a regular doctor’s visit.
What is an immediate care center?
An immediate care center (sometimes called an urgent care center) is a medical facility that provides treatment for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries on a walk-in basis. These facilities are staffed by healthcare professionals like doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who can diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, from colds and flu to broken bones and lacerations.
Immediate care centers can provide many of the same services as a regular doctor’s office, including physical exams, diagnostic testing, and prescription medications. However, immediate care centers typically have longer hours and shorter wait times than a traditional doctor’s office, making them a convenient choice for busy individuals and families.
When to visit an immediate care center
Immediate care centers are a good choice for many types of medical conditions, including:
- Colds, flu, and other respiratory infections
- Allergies and asthma
- Skin rashes and infections
- Ear and eye infections
- Sprains, strains, and other minor injuries
- Minor cuts and lacerations that require stitches
- Burns and sunburns
- Urinary tract infections
Immediate care centers can also provide preventive care services like flu shots, physical exams, and STD testing. If you’re not sure whether your condition requires immediate care or emergency care, call Nao Medical’s 24/7 telemedicine service to speak with a medical professional and get advice on where to go for treatment.
Nao Medical’s urgent care services in NYC
At Nao Medical, we’re committed to providing high-quality, affordable care to our patients, especially those in lower-income areas. Our immediate care services include treatment for a wide range of conditions, from minor injuries to chronic illnesses, as well as preventive care services to help you stay healthy.
Our immediate care centers offer short wait times, caring and knowledgeable staff, and a beautiful and welcoming patient experience. Our tech-focused approach allows you to access all of your health records through our online platform, and our telemedicine and after-hours services make it easy to get care whenever and wherever you need it.
And because we’re deeply integrated into our communities, we’re able to provide tailored care that meets the unique needs of the people we serve. We accept a wide range of insurances, and our affordable fees mean that you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get the care you need.
If you’re in NYC and need immediate medical care, Nao Medical is here for you. Visit our immediate care center to get fast, affordable treatment for your condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between immediate care and emergency care?
Immediate care centers provide treatment for non-life-threatening conditions on a walk-in basis, with shorter wait times and lower costs than the emergency room. Emergency care is for life-threatening conditions that require immediate attention, such as heart attack, stroke, severe bleeding, and difficulty breathing.
Do I need an appointment to visit an immediate care center?
No, you don’t need an appointment to visit an immediate care center. You can walk in anytime during our hours of operation and be seen by a medical professional.
What should I bring with me to an urgent care center?
When you visit an immediate care center, be sure to bring your insurance card, photo ID, and a list of any medications you’re currently taking. If you’ve been referred by a doctor or have medical records related to your condition, bring those as well.
Will my insurance cover my visit?
Many insurance plans cover immediate care services, but it’s best to check with your provider to be sure. Nao Medical accepts a wide range of insurances, and we also offer affordable self-pay options if you don’t have insurance.