Your Urgent Care Needs Are Covered

As an Independence Blue Cross member, you have alternatives to the emergency room when your own doctor is unavailable to treat you.

  • Urgent care center: Board-certified doctors treat illness or injury requiring immediate medical attention.
  • Retail health clinic: Certified nurse practitioners treat minor, uncomplicated illness or injury.

Deciding where to go for care

Urgent care center

Retail health clinic

Stitches, X-ray

X

Sprain, strain

X

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

X

Bumps, cuts, scrapes

X

X

Cough, sore throat

X

X

Ear or sinus pain

X

X

Minor fever, colds

X

X

Rash, minor bumps

X

X

Find a Provider

Locate participating urgent care centers.
(select "Urgent Care")

Locate participating retail health clinics.
(select "Group/Clinics", then "Retail Health")


When should I use the emergency room?

Seek treatment at a hospital emergency room for
life-threatening medical situations including:

  • severe shortness of breath or chest pain;
  • sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness;
  • sudden, severe abdominal pain;
  • cut or wound that won’t stop bleeding.

Questions about your care choices?

Call 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583).