Tips for getting the right kind of care

I just saw this quick article in the Herald Health (March 2012) about when to use a Walk-in Clinic vs. the Emergency room. Here are some helpful tips on how to decide where to go when a health issue pops up that can’t wait for an appointment with your regular doctor.
Walk-in Clinic: colds, flu symptoms, sore throat, cough, ear pain, minor burns, scrapes/lacerations, sprains, possible fractures, asthma, pediatric illnesses, abdominal pain, rash/hives, stings/bites, allergies, fevers, headaches, urinary symptoms, foreign object in eye/nose, and work related injuries.
Emergency room:
chest pain, amputation of limbs or deep wounds, sudden confusion/weakness/dizziness/difficulty speaking, severe head injuries with loss of consciousness or seizures, major burns, vomiting blood, smoke or chemical inhalation, poisoning/overdoses and suicidal behavior, physical or sexual assault, and pregnancy complications over 20 weeks including labor/bleeding/decreased fetal movement.

Frequently Asked Questions on Essential Health Benefits Bulletin

On Feb. 17, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance on its approach to defining Essential Health Benefits. The document covers selection of benchmark plan options, coverage of service substitutions, non-dollar limits vs. annual dollar limits, and requirements for self-insured, large group market and grandfathered group health plans.