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Urgent care centers are popping up all over the greater Phoenix area, and offer patients care that is cheaper and faster than the emergency room. In fact, urgent care centers advertise that these are the reasons to choose them over going to your local hospital. They tell the public that people should visit an urgent care if they need medical attention for an acute illness or injury, meaning something that just happened (not a chronic issue, like back pain you have had for 20 years). The urgent care websites say that in the majority of cases they can provide the same care as the emergency room, but at a fraction of the cost and with less wait time. They claim that they can treat fractures, provide IV fluids, and take x-rays on site.

The problem is that urgent care centers are not set up to handle serious conditions. This is most problematic when the patient does not know just how serious his or her illness is. In those situations, urgent care centers do more harm than good. Years ago, medical doctors were staffed and treated patients. In an attempt to cut costs and become more profitable, urgent care centers now use nurse practitioners and physician assistants, instead. These less qualified individuals are more prone to make diagnosis mistakes and offer incorrect treatment. Urgent care centers also do not have the ability to perform more in-depth diagnostics, like CT scans, MRI scans, and most lab testing. Many serious health problems, like brain bleeds and hypovolemic shock (extreme dehydration), need a higher level of care. If the nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant does not transfer those patients to the hospital, they may die.

The most common urgent care centers in Phoenix are:

Banner Urgent Care. Over the last few years Banner Health has started to buy out chains of urgent care centers to expand Banner’s urgent care reach in Phoenix and surrounding cities. Banner Urgent Care facilities are located at:

  • 3141 E Indian School Rd #102, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • 5018 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014
  • 9111 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
  • 10330 N Scottsdale Rd #25, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
  • 1940 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • 3247 E Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • 6501 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
  • 7952 N 43rd Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
  • 7611 W Cactus Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381
  • 1955 W Guadalupe Rd #1, Mesa, AZ 85202
  • 4232 W Bell Rd # C1, Glendale, AZ 85308
  • 6702 W Bethany Home Rd #13, Glendale, AZ 85303
  • 3141 S McClintock Dr #1, Tempe, AZ 85282
  • 6323 S Rural Rd #107, Tempe, AZ 85283
  • 21980 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85383
  • 1908 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85203
  • 3328 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
  • 407 N Lindsay Rd #103, Mesa, AZ 85213

NextCare Urgent Care advertises itself as the leading urgent care center in the country. NextCare Urgent Care centers have continued to pop up throughout Phoenix and the surrounding cities. NestCare Urgent Care centers are located at:

  • 1701 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • 4730 E Indian School Rd #211, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • 8101 N 19th Ave a, Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • 3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • 914 N Scottsdale Rd #104, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • 3229 E Greenway Rd #102, Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • 7425 E Shea Blvd #108, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • 5920 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85035
  • 10240 N 43rd Ave #3, Glendale, AZ 85302
  • 9494 W Northern Ave #101, Glendale, AZ 85305
  • 20950 N Tatum Blvd #190, Phoenix, AZ 85050
  • 5410 W Thunderbird Rd #101, Glendale, AZ 85306

Express Urgent Care says they “aspire to set a new standard in urgent care and occupational medicine for the community.” They are not as common as Banner Urgent Care and NextCare Urgent Care, but it is only a matter of time before Express Urgent Care expands. Their locations can be found at:

  • 333 W Thomas Rd #100, Phoenix, AZ 85013
  • 9002 N Central Ave #100, Phoenix, AZ 85020
  • 3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • 9250 W Thomas Rd #100, Phoenix, AZ 85037
  • 13755 N Litchfield Rd #105, Surprise, AZ 85379
  • 3931 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • 10249 W Thunderbird Blvd #200, Sun City, AZ 85351
  • If you or your loved one has been treated at an urgent care center in Phoenix, Arizona, and was the victim of medical malpractice, please contact us today so we can help. Unfortunately, with the rise of urgent care centers, more medical malpractice will follow.

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