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If you don’t feel well, visit a doctor. In the US, you may visit a doctor physically or virtually. For several illnesses, visit an Emergency Room or an Urgent Care facility.
Key takeaway
There are different options available.
  • For the most severe, life-threatening medical conditions, e.g., chocking, severely burned or chest pain, visit an emergency room (ER).
  • If you do not require a trip to the emergency room but you need to be seen immediately, visit an urgent care center which is similar to a regular clinic with additional capabilities.
  • For common medical conditions, visit a clinic, e.g., doctor offices, facilities that’s focused on outpatient services, etc.
  • Visit a doctor virtually (find out whether it is covered by your insurance policy).
  • Outpatient care centers is for medical procedures or tests that can be done without an overnight stay.
  • Some treatments, e.g., birthing or psychiatric care centers, are handled by specialized care centers.

    Doctor & pharmacy aren’t together.
  • The physician is commonly independent from the pharmacist, and a clinic is not necessarily close to a pharmacy.
  • When choosing a doctor, find one that’s near a pharmacy, or consider pharmacies that offer 1-2 day medication delivery services.
  • Many doctors e-prescribe (prescriptions are sent directly to the pharmacy). Before visiting a doctor, write down the name and address of the pharmacy of your choice.

    Important reminders.
  • Notify us and keep us informed if you experience any medical (potential) problems
  • Dial 911 immediately in the event of a life-threatening situation
  • If you don’t feel well, don’t take public transit alone (take a taxi or Uber/Lyft)
  • Try to have a friend accompany you to the ER or Urgent Care