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What do I do…in a medical emergency? Go to the ER or urgent care?

Written by Aetna By Aetna

When you’re hit with a sudden illness or serious injury, you need to make a choice: Head to an urgent care center or the emergency room? The right decision can save you time and money. 90% of the patients who visit urgent care are out in less than an hour. The ER, on the other hand, is better equipped to handle severe injuries and the symptoms of heart attack or stroke.

But as many as one in four ER visits could be handled at urgent care. So when is it better to visit urgent care? Here’s a short video to explain.