Walk-in Clinic in Woodbridge, VA
Medical Access Urgent Care offers walk-in services in Woodbridge, VA. We serve the surrounding locations of Lake Ridge, Agnewville, and Occoquan, VA. Simply walk in, or call us for more information at (703) 497-1234. We are open seven days a week!
What is the difference between a walk-in clinic and urgent care?
Even though urgent care is a type of walk-in clinic, in that urgent care accepts patients on a walk-in basis, there are still some significant differences between urgent care centers and walk-in clinics. Generally, when people refer to a “walk-in” clinic, they are usually referring to either an urgent care center or a retail walk-in clinic.
A retail walk-in clinic is a clinic that is usually set up next to a major shopping center, like Walmart or a pharmacy, that offers affordable basic health services. They are usually staffed by nurse practitioners or physician assistants and offer less advanced medical procedures than an urgent care center or hospital emergency room. Services offered do differ from clinic to clinic, however. Retail walk-in clinics will provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses like minor lacerations, rashes, sore throats, or flu.
In comparison, urgent care centers are walk-in clinics that offer more advanced care and are staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and other medical personnel who are properly qualified to perform those services. Urgent care centers usually have on-site radiology services and laboratories and can treat more severe injuries and illnesses than retail clinics but that are not life- or limb-threatening.
Urgent care centers are designed to take some of the stress off hospital ERs while providing patients with accessible healthcare when their primary care physicians are unavailable.
How much does a doctor’s visit cost without insurance?
The cost of a visit to see a doctor at an urgent care center varies depending on the services you need. Each visit has a base cost, and then as you add services like lab work, x-rays, or bandaging, the cost will go up. If you have insurance, this visit may be mostly covered by your insurance provider with you having to only pay for the co-pay or deductible, which again varies depending on your provider and coverage. However, not everyone has health insurance. On average, the cost of seeing a doctor at an urgent care center without insurance coverage is around $100-$200.
While we do accept most major health insurance plans at Medical Access Urgent Care in Woodbridge, VA, we also provide affordable self-pay options and monthly specials for our uninsured patients.
How does a walk-in clinic work?
Walk-in clinics are designed to be convenient, simple, and quick. If you’re sick or hurt, simply “walk in” to a walk-in clinic to receive care. Wait times are generally shorter and costs are generally lower than those associated with visiting a hospital ER. You visit a walk-in clinic you will be asked about the purpose of your visit and then you will generally wait about 15-20 minutes before you see a doctor. The doctor will ask you about your symptoms and perform any necessary diagnostics before diagnosing you and providing you with a treatment plan. At Medical Access Urgent Care, any diagnosis and treatment we provide you with, we will send to your primary care physician so you can receive seamless follow-up services.
The important thing to remember here is that walk-in clinics aren’t designed to take the place of a primary care physician, despite their convenience. A long-term relationship with a physician is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the better your doctor knows you, the better the chances they will notice any red flags or issues that could lead to more serious conditions. When you visit a walk-in clinic, there is no guarantee that you will see the same doctor twice.
If you are in immediate need for medical help and your primary care physician is not available, you can rely on the care you will receive from our board-certified physicians and medical team at Medical Access Urgent Care in Woodbridge, VA. Walk-in to see a doctor today!