For more than two decades, Wanda Remo has battled one illness
after another. Asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, high
blood pressure, arthritis, depression, chronic pain, strokes.
Specialists treat her lungs, her heart and her joints.
Over the last few years, published reports and studies describe
in detail the long wait times in our country’s emergency rooms.
Nearly one-in-four Californians are currently without health
insurance, and may be unsure of preventive care options. Many are
waiting until their health concerns become acute conditions and
then seek care in hospital emergency rooms.
Health care needs of the uninsured are one of the biggest reasons
that California’s emergency rooms are becoming more crowded and
have wait times that are even longer. Seeking treatment for a
non-emergency condition in the hospital emergency room adds to
overcrowding, poor use of available resources, and extended
delays. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or go
to the nearest ER.
If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the
nearest ER. If you do not think you have a medical emergency but
you do require care, there are other options. Many communities in
California have urgent care centers specifically designed to deal
with medical conditions not ideally suited for the emergency
room. These urgent care centers are usually open for extended
hours. Another option might be a retail healthcare clinic,
located in retail stores, which are prepared to treat a limited
range of conditions, such as minor infections and injuries.
If you don’t have insurance and are wondering where you can
receive care in your community, just use Californians for Patient
to find out which healthcare providers in your area provide low-
and no-cost services.
Being mindful of your health circumstances and what warrants a
medical emergency can help you get the care you need, when you
need it, at the care facility that is right for you.