MedRite Urgent Care – An Immediate Care Center for Patients From Turtle Bay & Other NYC Neighborhoods
MedRite Urgent Care has an immediate care center near Turtle Bay in Midtown East. While not a new concept, urgent care centers are still relatively uncommon in New York City. MedRite Urgent Care is working hard to change that. In addition to our immediate care center near Turtle Bay, we see patients in two other convenient NYC locations.
Many health insurers are now pointing their insureds toward urgent care centers, and away from more expensive emergency rooms, for the treatment of non-life-threatening conditions. For instance, to encourage an insured to visit an immediate care center, most insurers:
- No longer require an insured to obtain a referral from a primary care physician prior to receiving urgent care (this was impractical and defeated the purpose of urgent care if it was required outside of a primary care physician’s regular office hours)
- Have established a separate copayment schedule for urgent care, with copayments that are typically far lower than those required for ER visits
As a result of these actions, insurers are removing many of the barriers to urgent care, a valuable service that they want to make available to their insureds.
While most patients like the convenience and affordability of an immediate care center, it’s essential that they understand the differences among their various health care options in order to ensure that they receive timely and appropriate treatment. First and foremost, anyone who is experiencing chest pains, stroke symptoms, trauma from a serious accident, or other life-threatening symptoms should call 911 or go directly to a hospital ER.
For other health issues, urgent care may be appropriate. However, it’s still important to keep in mind that urgent care centers can vary widely in their capabilities. For instance, some “doc-in-a-box” chain locations are staffed by nurse practitioners, while others have doctors on staff who are family practitioners, internists, or emergency medicine physicians.
At each MedRite immediate care center, there is always a board-certified physician on duty. We also have onsite digital X-ray and lab capabilities, allowing us to obtain fast and accurate diagnostic test results. Our friendly team of medical professionals can address a full range of non-emergency medical conditions, injuries, and other issues, such as immunizations and wellness visits. Next time you need to see a physician right away, choose the MedRite Urgent Care center near Turtle Bay or one of our other convenient locations in Manhattan. You’ll be glad you did.