When you or a loved one is in need of medical attention, seeking the right kind of care is key to getting the right treatment at the right time. If your doctor isn’t available, know that you have options beyond a visit to the emergency room (ER), which costs about 10 times what it costs to see a primary care doctor, according to our wellness partners at the Washington Health Alliance.
Our graphic above, which you also can download here as a sharable PDF, can help you determine where to go for care.
Still unsure? Washington Health Alliance recommends calling a nurse line — available 24/7 through most major insurance plans including Business Health Trust — to help diagnose, triage and offer basic prevention or treatment strategies.
Remember, if you have a medical emergency, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.