Of all of the pressures that single parents face, healthcare ranks pretty high. If you or a child gets a mild illness or sick, you may have to take a sick day (personal time off) from work just to take them to the doctor. That means losing a day of pay and if you are already struggling to make ends meet, it’s a difficult but necessary choice. One in 11 children in the US live in the State of Texas according to KidsCount and the costs for health insurance and out of pocket costs for single parent families can be very high. Add to that the cost of possibly missing work to care for a sick child and we teeter on the edge of making sure we keep ourselves healthy. Emergency room costs are outrageous and sometimes the wait at emergency rooms are very long. For many single parent families, an urgent care facility like Legacy ER and Urgent Care provides a lot of benefits. Not only do they improve access to urgent care for families they are also lower cost than an emergency room for some health conditions. Urgent care centers provide walk-in care for illnesses and injuries that need immediate attention but don’t rise to the level of an emergency. For families they have better access after work hours so you don’t have to take time off sometimes.
Here are a few things to consider about urgent care facilities and how Legacy ER and Urgent Care provides for our communities.
Legacy ER & Urgent Care was founded in 2008 and is one of the nation’s first health care models to offer both urgent care and emergency room treatment options under one roof. What separates them from other facilities is that they provide transparent billing, soothing environments and one-on-one service with board-certified, emergency-trained physicians. Patients have access to immediate, on-site emergency room equipment and only pay emergency care prices when it is truly an emergency.
Having both and ER and an urgent care facility is a hybrid model unique to Texas – “There are only three here in Texas, and we are by far the largest in terms of locations, employees and patients,” said Keith Miller, president of Legacy ER & Urgent Care.
I have personally gone to urgent care-only facilities when I have had allergy related illnesses and most urgent care-only facilities typically treat minor symptoms and are not equipped to deal with potential serious injuries, chest pain, abdominal pain, severe nausea/vomiting, or specialized care.
What families need to be aware of is that urgent care-only facilities are not required to have doctors on staff. A physician assistant or nurse practitioner often serves as the medical provider. At Legacy ER & Urgent Care, you’ll find board-certified, emergency-trained doctors with 10+ years experience who can expertly handle a wide variety of medical concerns, both major and minor.
- Appointments are not necessary and part of the model for most urgent care facilities and Legacy ER has an online check-in system to bypass paperwork when you get there. Wait times are reduce and most patients wait less than 5 minutes to see the doctor and are typically heading home in under 30 minutes.
- Hybrid Billing Model – Accepts both Urgent Care and Emergency Care co‐pays “Only pay for the care you need.” This is a unique aspect for their facility and as always if you have health insurance check with your insurance provider to determine what your co pay is and what your options are. You can also check their website for which major insurance providers they accept.
- Convenience of an urgent care center and you only have to pay emergency room prices when it’s a true emergency. You also get top quality, board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art, fully stocked labs and ER facilities.
Like most urgent care facilities they have much more flexible hours for working single parents with Urgent Care Hours of 7AM-9PM Every Day and of course an EMERGENCY ROOM: 24/7
Locations: Legacy ER & Urgent Care opened locations in Allen, Keller, Coppell, Frisco, McKinney and North Richland Hills
For more information visit: legacyer.com
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