For years, if a person needed to see a doctor and the family physician was unavailable, there was only one option: the emergency department.
This didn't make sense.
Emergency departments are for serious or life-threatening emergencies, and must be equipped and staffed to handle whatever case comes in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is expensive. If you visit one with an urgent, but non-emergency issue - say to get stitches or a bad cold checked out - then you're going to be a low priority.
You'll wait a long time to see a clinician and pay a lot of money when you do.
This dynamic not only puts a burden on patients, but it causes overloaded ED’s and adds to the overall price of our healthcare, due to the higher cost of handling a non-emergent problem in an emergency department.
This led to the development of urgent care clinics, places where you don't need an appointment, where your cost and wait will be less than in the ED, and where most minor injuries and acute illnesses can be handled.
Established in 2000, Yubadocs was the first urgent care clinic in western Nevada County.