Monday, May 28, 2012

Getting Medical Care

Getting Medical Care
It can be hard to know where to go to get medical care. Choices include:
  • A doctor’s office, health clinic, free clinic or health department
  • Urgent Care
  • Emergency Department (ED)
Use these tips as a guide:
  • Go to your doctor’s office or clinic for:
    • Routine check ups 
    • Minor injuries or illnesses such as colds, coughs, earaches, sore throats, headaches, and muscle or joint problems 
    • Immunizations 
    • TB skin testing 
    • Sexual health problems 
    • Managing high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, asthma, thyroid problems or seizures

Routine checkups can help prevent serious illnesses. Some doctor’s offices or clinics have programs to help people with the costs of health care.

  • Go to an urgent care for more serious injuries and illnesses. This includes vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than one day and cuts that need stitches. These places may be open on weekends or later in the day when your doctor’s office or clinic is closed.

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