What is urgent care

What is Urgent Care?


Medical issues arise where patients need to see a physician that day which many primary care physicians as well as specialist physicians are not able to accommodate. These patients then take their medical issues to an already overburdened emergency room and usually wait for hours on end at a substantial cost to our society of unnecessary expense and resources. When a patient needs to see a physician urgently but does not have a life threatening condition, urgent care is the answer. There is a tremendous need to provide accessible medical care to patients and that need is not being met. Primary care and specialty physicians have a definite place in the health care system. Emergency rooms also have a very distinct role in our health care system. However there is an intermediate area in healthcare that is rapidly growing and being ignored. This is where Urgent Care Medicine has evolved.

There is a definite skill set that each type of physician must possess and improve upon in order to truly provide the best medical care for each patient’s given situation. A primary care physician is skilled at handling the needs of primary care. Specialists have a definite skill set to handle their individual areas of expertise. You would not ask your orthopedic surgeon to manage your diabetes. Urgent care medicine is no different. When people have urgent medical issues that need to be addressed, it takes a physician with a distinct skill set to meet those needs.

When you can’t wait on your primary care or specialist physician - Primary care and specialist physicians have a very important role in our medical community. However they have a set schedule and can only accommodate a certain number of patients. Sometimes to wait a day or two for the next available appointment is not ideal and may put you or your family member at unnecessary risk.

Better value than Emergency Room - Recent studies shows emergency room costs are approximately 700% more than the cost for the same level of quality medical care received at an urgent care facility. The patient may or may not see this cost directly. This is also a very unnecessary expense as most studies show that approximately 85% of ER visits are not emergencies requiring acute medical care.

Save Time - The ER fortunately triages emergency conditions to the top of their list. However, what this means when you go to an ER is that if your issue is not life threatening you will be put at the bottom of the list and often wait 3-4 hours before you're even seen by a nurse or medical technician. With our state of the art EMR and on line registration process you typically will be able to be in and out of our clinic and seen by a medical provider within an hour.

Lower co-payments - Many major insurance companies categorize urgent care facilities as primary care facilities, so co-payments may be substantially lower than co-payments required for a trip to the Emergency Room.

U.S. Government - According to the Division of Health Care Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 15 percent of patients seen at hospital emergency rooms were truly emergency cases. This means approximately 85% of patients that go to an ER do not have a true medical emergency.

Bayside Urgent Care Center offers an alternate option that:

  • Eases the strain on the overburdened ER system

  • Provides patients as well as insurance companies reduced costs of care

  • Significantly decreases patient wait time for medical care

Find Us

Bayside Urgent Care Center

1001 S Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 101,

Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone. 727-441-5044

Fax. 727-441-5008


Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 6pm