Primary Soul Care in an Urgent Care Culture

Aimee Joseph | April 7, 2016

I consider myself a connoisseur of urgent care facilities. With three little boys who cannot seem to coordinate their sicknesses to coincide with regular business hours, I end up sitting in the uncomfortable chairs of urgent care centers far more often than I would like.

On the rare occasion that the germ fairy visits during regular business hours, I find myself in a conundrum: urgent care or primary care? On the one hand, urgent care promises anonymity and flexible hours. No friendly small talk, no probing questions.

Grab your prescription, pay the exorbitant co-pay, and you’re on your way. On the other hand, the primary care physician knows you and your history, which can be both good and bad. It can be good because he or she knows the correct questions to ask and takes time with you. It can be bad because you have to wait the whole three hours for the office to open; also, honest engagement and conversation are expected in this scenario.

With accessible, anonymous care available, it’s easy to ignore primary care physicians altogether. If it weren’t for the outlandish copayments, I’d be tempted to do so myself.

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