Medical Home vs Emergency Room
The numbers to substantiate this campaign really tell the story:
Getting care from a medical home decreases the costs of your care on average by
$18,000,000,000 could be saved per year, if a medical home is used instead of ER for care
When you have a medical home, care is higher quality and more accessible**
102,424 adults in Will County do not have a medical home
For more on how much you can save by going to your medical home rather than the emergency room, go to https://www.debt.org/medical/emergency-room-urgent-care-costs/
By definition, a medical home is a place where all of your health care is coordinated by a Primary Care Provider, including check-ups, shots, sick visits or any other medical needs. Your Primary Care Provider, which should be your first stop to wellness, can be a doctor’s office, community health center, clinic, or health department. A hospital emergency room or emergency department is not a medical home. The biggest advantage of finding and using a medical home is consistent care for residents and their families. An ER or Quick Care Clinic may not always be in touch with a family and their specific needs which may take them more time to research medical history. A medical home usually offers a more personalized experience which could mean a quicker diagnosis.