You’re injured or ill. It’s after hours, and you can’t get in to see your doctor. You have two choices. You can go to an urgent care or visit an emergency room. How do you make the correct decision on when to go to urgent care vs the er?

As more patients are faced with the above decision, it’s important to know the difference between the emergency room and an urgent care—and the services they provide. While emergency rooms serve those with life threatening situations, an urgent care can treat those needing immediate, less serious care—and typically do it more affordably.

What’s the difference between an urgent care and an emergency room? Check out this infographic that takes a closer look at both healthcare options.

What’s the Difference between an Urgent Care and an Emergency Room?

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