Health Insurance Terms

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urgent care center -  A stand-alone clinic where board-certified doctors treat illness or injury requiring immediate medical attention. You can use these centers when your doctor is not available and your illness or injury is not life threatening, but requires immediate attention, such as a cut requiring stitches or a sprain. Care in an urgent care center will cost you less than the same care in a hospital emergency room. For conditions that are life threatening, such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness, severe abdominal pain, or a cut or wound that won’t stop bleeding, seek the care of the closest emergency room.
- Synonyms: urgent care centers