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Where to go for quick medical care

Maureen Shelly By Maureen Shelly

Can’t wait to see a provider? For non-emergencies, a walk-in clinic or urgent care center may be the right choice for you. You don’t need an appointment, and you can usually see a provider or nurse in less than an hour. Some locations are open every day, including evening hours. 

Your time is valuable. We understand, and we want to help you get the medical care you need fast. Watch the video and keep reading to learn more about where to go.

Walk-in clinic

For many minor problems — fever, pain or stomach symptoms — a walk-in clinic is often a good choice. You can get prescription medicine, birth control, screening tests and vaccinations. Health clinics can be found inside many retail pharmacies, including CVS Pharmacy®.

Clinics may also treat skin conditions, earaches, sexually transmitted diseases, asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes. Clinics will often see children over 18 months.

Urgent care center

Urgent care centers can treat broken bones and cuts that require stitches. Unlike clinics, these offices have X-rays, IVs and other special equipment. Call or visit the website of the center near you to check whether it takes your insurance.

Emergency room (ER) 

If you think it’s an emergency, the ER is best. Call 911 or go right away if you have chest pain, trouble breathing or severe bleeding.

Aetna and CVS Pharmacy® are part of the CVS Health family of companies. 

About the author

Maureen Shelly is a health and science geek living in New York City.