Medical – Barter Exchange Services The Modern-Day Answer To Hospital Emergency Room Visits…

IBE Barter members have such an array of services and products available to them with “alternative currency”, your IBE dollars.  If you are not aware of some of these services, they are listed under categories on the IBE website.  One great example is the Oaks Medical Plaza and Dr. John K. Head, M.D.  According to the National Med/Network, urgent care is defined as “a medical  facility where ambulatory patients can be treated on a walk-in basis, without an appointment, and receive immediate non-emergent care.”

Urgent care facilities were created in hopes of reserving the emergency room for those with life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

A friend of mine, who is also an IBE member, was recently a patient at the Oaks Medical Plaza, where Dr. Head took care of him.  He was so impressed with the doctor and his care that he inspired me to write this article.  My friend could clearly see the benefits of this kind of care.  He walked in with nasal congestion and a headache, but wanted to be sure he wouldn’t be complicating his symptoms on an airplane the next day, when he was leaving for London.  Dr. Head examined him and prescribed an antibiotic in the event that flying would worsen his symptoms.  He was also given a prescription for cough medicine and felt Dr. Head covered all the bases and possibilities.

There are definitely advantages in going to a place like Oaks Medical Plaza.  You have quicker access for treatment of your non-life threatening illness or injury.  I understand the co-payments are cheaper than treatment co-pays in the hospital emergency rooms.  You don’t need an appointment, and there are extended hours in most urgent care facilities.  They’re open on holidays and weekends, and you can usually find them in residential areas, in strip malls and alongside stores.

If you are new to the area and haven’t chosen a primary care doctor, or if your doctor’s office is not open, a walk-in facility is the answer to your needs.  Dr. Head and his staff have the experience and credentials to give you quality, non-emergent care.

The statistics are fascinating!  Of the100 million people using the ER yearly, as many as 80% qualify as non-emergencies.  There are currently over 8,500 urgent care facilities in the U.S. and that number is increasing by 300 a year.  Walk-in medical services have proven to be the better choice both medically and financially.  It’s important and useful to know that there are alternatives to using the Emergency Room for your health issues.

I highly recommend Dr. John Head, M.D., and the Oaks Medical Plaza.  You will find the Medical Plaza at 308 53rd Ave East, in Bradenton, Fl.  For additional information on hours or directions, call (941) 751-5551.  It’s just another bonus of being an IBE member, that quality; immediate medical services are available without having to go to the Emergency Room at your local hospital.