Hurting, Sick or Injured? Tips for getting the right kind of care
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
When you or someone you love feels sick or has an injury, it’s natural to want to get medical care— and relief—as quickly as possible. But making a smart choice about where you receive that care can save you time, money and headaches once the urgency has passed. Certain medical conditions are emergencies, without question. But if you seek care in an Emergency Room for a problem that is not a true emergency, you may wait longer and pay more for care that you could have received in a Walk-In Clinic. The good news is, with a little education up front, you’ll be ready to make the right decision when an urgent situation does arise for you or your family. Consider these factors:

Integrated care: There is no substitute for having an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider who knows you and your health history. Choose a clinic that’s part of a network using an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. This will ensure that your information is accessible to all providers within the network, regardless of the location where you receive care.

Convenience: Locate the Walk-In Clinics near your home and work, and make a note of their open hours. If you have this information at your fingertips, you’ll be much better prepared to make a calm, quick, educated decision when the time comes.

Wait times: If you choose a Walk-In Clinic for an urgent condition, rather than an Emergency Room, you are much more likely to be seen in a timely manner. For current Everett Clinic Walk-In Clinic wait times, visit:

Cost: Receiving care from a Walk-In Clinic will almost certainly reduce your out-of-pocket costs, compared to receiving the same care from an Emergency Room. Check with your health insurance plan for details and co-pay amounts.

Extended Weekend Hours! 
Lake Stevens and Mill Creek Walk-In Clinics are now open 9 am – 8 pm on Saturday and Sundays. Marysville Walk-In Clinic is open extended Saturday hours 9 am – 8 pm. For a listing of all locations, hours and wait times, visit: