Monday, March 7, 2011

MedExpress

Last Tuesday I got pretty sick. Most of the day is a blur, I am not entirely sure how I got home. Actually, I didn't go home, I Went to my parents' house to use their thermometer. My temperature was 102. Rather impressive, don't you think?

As you may or may not know, I am somewhat prone to bronchitis .Since three of my friends have been diagnosed bronchitis, I thought it would be a good idea to go to the doctor right away. Unfortunately, my doctor's office was closed when I called them at 4:00. Seriously, who closes at 4:00 on a Tuesday?

I wasn't willing to pay the $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit, so my only choice was to go to the nearest urgent care center - also known as the walk-in clinic. The nearest one to me was the MedExpress Muhlenberg branch.  Now, I know what you're thinking - probably the same thing I was thinking when I heard about the walk-in clinic. I bet you are picturing a cramped, stuffy office with grimy seats and dirty carpets, full of sick, screaming children and bedraggled parents. But it was not like that at all! It was large, brightly lit, and very clean. Hardwood floors, modern furniture, and a large flat-screen TV made the waiting area very inviting. I was rather pleasantly surprised. The receptionists were friendly and helpful. The nurses and doctors were kind and efficient. The whole experience took a little under an hour. They told me it will be even quicker if I come back because they'll already have all my information on file. Nice!

Honestly, if nice, well-run clinics like this are available, I don't understand why everyone doesn't use them. I didn't have to wait very long, I didn't have to make an appointment, I didn't have to miss work (since they are open until 9:00 pm), my co-pay was only $20... I mean, it seems like a no-brainer. This doesn't mean I'll be giving up my actual doctor any time soon - he's rather... visually appealing. Also, I don't know if the clinic does usual doctor stuff like physicals and that sort of thing (but I could be wrong). But if I'm sick and can't get off of work in time (or it is the weekend) I will definitely be going back to MedExpress.

In case you were wondering, I did end up having bronchitis, so that's my excuse for missing so many blog posts. It was pretty bad, though, I think it's a reasonable excuse. Just ask any of the multiple people to whom I ended up spreading my plague.

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