How a Walk-In Clinic Differs from Urgent Care


Urgent care, walk-in clinic, medical clinic and convenient care clinic are terms that are often used interchangeably, yet they refer to differing healthcare organizations. Here we take a look at what characterizes these facilities so you know where to go when you are ill or injured.

What is a Walk-In Clinic?

Walk-In to RediClinic, no appointment, open 7 days a weekA retail walk-in clinic offers high-quality medical care that is fast, convenient and affordable. Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, these clinics are typically set up inside or adjacent to a large retailer or pharmacy for maximum patient convenience. The healthcare providers at walk-in medical clinics diagnose and prescribe medications to treat a range of common conditions such as allergies, colds, flu, earache and strep throat. Some walk-in clinics, including RediClinic, administer vaccinations and provide preventive care such as school physicals, health screenings and medical tests. In addition, RediClinic is the first walk-in clinic to develop a medically-supervised weight loss and lifestyle management program that is certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM).

Because a walk-in clinic typically offers longer hours and is open every day of the week, it can accommodate patients when their doctor’s office is closed or when they cannot wait for the next available appointment. Clinical services are also less expensive than a visit to an urgent care center, costing as little as the patient’s insurance office co-pay.

How an Urgent Care is Different

The difference between urgent care facilities and walk-in clinics can vary widely. In general, urgent care centers treat patients whose illnesses or injuries are not life-threatening but require immediate medical care, such as broken bones and burns. Most urgent care locations have on-site X-ray equipment and at least one medical doctor available; however, it is common to be seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant at an urgent care center. Some urgent care facilities will see a patient who needs urgent medical care without an appointment, while others require that one call ahead. They are open seven days a week.

Trust RediClinic for Quality Care

If your illness or injury is not severe or life-threatening, a visit to a walk-in clinic will save you money compared to a doctor’s office or urgent care facility, without compromising on care. We invite you to discover the high-quality, affordable and convenient healthcare available at your nearest RediClinic walk-in clinic in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and many other major U.S. cities. Since 2005, more than 1.8 million patients have come to trust RediClinic.