Holiday Healthcare Frustrates Families, Empty Nesters Alike

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Urgent, non-emergency healthcare on a holiday typically has been limited to the emergency department. AfterOurs Urgent Care Center in Thornton, Colorado, is open around the clock on holidays and weekends, and all night Monday through Friday. Average treatment time at AfterOurs is less than an hour, and treatment costs and co-pays average one-third to one-half comparable services at an emergency department.

Holidays are traditionally a time to reconnect with family and friends, and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But, unexpected non-emergency healthcare can put a damper on holiday spirits.

When your child awakens at 3 a.m. feeling feverish, Grandpa’s holiday meal “just doesn’t set right,” or you feel the flu coming on, a trip to the emergency department (ED) may seem like an over-reaction. Yet, you don’t want to wait for your doctor’s office to open the next business day. So, what do you do? Unfortunately, those needing immediate, non-emergency care on a holiday have limited choices: Go to the emergency department (ED) or tough it out.

Now, there’s a third option for non-emergency care when your doctor’s office is closed.

AfterOurs Urgent Care is the first Front Range healthcare clinic provider that’s open when doctors’ offices and most urgent care centers are closed—5 PM to 7 AM Monday-Friday, and around the clock on weekends and holidays.

AfterOurs offers fast, affordable, high-quality care and accepts most insurance, including Medicare. Average total treatment time at AfterOurs is under one hour compared to 3.2 hours at the emergency department (the latter statistic is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Average insurance co-pay is $30 versus $90 at the emergency department; total treatment cost averages $313 versus $875 for the same treatment at the ED.

Treatment records are promptly forwarded to your primary care physician for follow-up care. If you are seeking a primary care physician, AfterOurs can provide referrals.

“Even if you live a half-hour away from the AfterOurs Thornton clinic, you can get treated and back home in less than two hours. Compare that to the time and cost of the typical visit to the ED and the benefits are obvious,” says AfterOurs CEO Jill Flateland.

AfterOurs uses the latest treatment protocols to handle a variety of non-emergency conditions such as fever, flu, colds, minor burns, cuts and abrasions requiring stitches, sprains, strains and fractures, and conditions such as sore throat or runny nose, ear, eye, minor infections, minor aches and pains.

If you’re not sure about coming in or you have questions, call the AfterOurs Medical Hotline at 303-861-7878. A medical professional will help you determine the best course of action.

“AfterOurs is the healthcare alternative for evenings, middle-of-the-night, holidays, and weekends that makes it easy to seek treatment instead of ‘toughing it out’ and being miserable,” says David Zieg, M.D., AfterOurs medical director. “We fill the void left by the ED and other urgent care centers.”

AfterOurs, the first Front Range urgent care center operating all night, weekends and holidays—times when physician offices typically are closed—is located at 3655 E. 104th Ave. in Thornton (one block west of Colorado Boulevard). Other clinics are planned throughout metro Denver. No appointment is necessary and most patients are treated within an hour. The AfterOurs Medical Hotline is 303-861-7878.

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