General Questions and Answers
Learn more about Exer centers and what to expect during your visit.
What is Exer and how does it compare to most regular urgent care clinics and hospitals?
Exer is more than your average urgent care clinic. Our easy-access walk-in medical centers are staffed by Emergency Medicine doctors but don’t have the wait of hospital emergency rooms. We do not require an appointment for most services and our highly-qualified staff has the expertise to treat serious injuries and illnesses but the kind touch to fix minor problems. We accept all PPO insurances, some HMO plans, and are extremely affordable for non-insurance patients.
What types of injuries and illnesses do Exer centers treat?
Exer centers are equipped to treat patients for coughs and colds, asthma, headaches, eye conditions, bloody noses, trauma, lacerations, sore throats, pneumonia, shortness of breath, sinusitis, skin infections, abscess drainage, ear pain, kidney infections, abdominal pain, urinary tract infections, back and neck pain, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hand injuries, hip injuries, foot injuries, ankle injuries, knee injuries, and more. Our services include pre-operative consults, respiratory therapy, digital x-rays, EKG, spirometry, general physical exams, sports physicals, on-site lab work, referral to general practitioners and specialists, IV antibiotics, referral for MRI and CAT scans, certain travel vaccinations, and more.
Who does Exer treat?
We treat you! Whether you’re young or old, just a little sick or seriously hurt, we treat all patients with non life-threatening emergent conditions. If you need an ambulance or have a life-threatening event happen then please call 911. Otherwise, Exer is here for you.
Do you take my insurance?
What should I bring with me when I visit Exer?
To help us deliver quick and convenient walk-in medical care please bring the following:
- Your driver’s license or government issued photo ID.
- Insurance card (if you have insurance).
- Your insurance co-payment, or personal payment if you don’t have insurance. Payment will be due at time of service.
- A list of current medications you are taking.
- A list of any allergies you have.
- A list of past medical conditions or surgeries you have had.
How will you follow up with me?
Exer follows up with each of our patients within a few days of your visit to our urgent care clinics. We also coordinate with your primary care doctor and/or specialists as necessary to ensure you the quickest path to recovery.
How do Exer centers fit into the healthcare system overall?
A lot of times when a revolutionary business opens it ends up hurting established businesses in the same industry. But Exer actually does just the opposite. By funneling more than 70% of emergencies that don’t need the resources of the full hospital emergency room into our centers, we:
- Take the burden off of the hospitals so they can put their attention on people who have immediate life-threatening emergencies.
- Seriously cut down on your wait time.
- Save you a lot money and even save your insurance company money. Yes, it ends up costing both of you a lot less if you go to Exer rather than the hospital emergency room.
And our extended hours and clinical expertise gives both you and your primary care doctor the option for you to come to Exer when your physician’s office is either closed or their wait list is long, in which case they direct you to us. With literally no downside, Exer is a win for the whole healthcare system!
How do wait times at Exer compare to a doctor’s office or hospital ER?
A recent study by Merritt Hawkins showed that the average hospital ER wait time is over 200 minutes, and the average wait time to get an appointment with your primary care doctor is over 20 days. And that’s before you even walk into the treatment room! So if you need to be seen quickly then you’re left with no choice but to go to the hospital and wait for hours and hours…or you could go to an Exer center. The average Exer visit from the moment you walk in the door to when you leave the center is typically under an hour and costs just a fraction of the hospital ER.
How does my cost at Exer compare to the hospital ER?
The average cost savings of visiting an Exer center rather than a hospital emergency room is over $1,100 per visit. Imagine the cost savings to both you and the entire healthcare system if the over 70% of people who unnecessarily visit the hospital ER went to Exer instead.
Am I sacrificing some of the quality of care I would otherwise receive?
Not at all. With board certified emergency medicine doctors on staff at each Exer urgent care center, you’re getting the same level of clinical expertise that you receive at the hospital emergency room for all non life-threatening emergent conditions. And of course you’re getting it a lot faster, at a much lower cost, and (we think) in a much better environment!
How do I make an appointment?
You don’t! Simply walk in to any Exer center to be seen within minutes. We’re open 7 days a week, 12 hours a day for your convenience. Please note that we register our last patient a half hour before closing so that we can give everyone the time and attention they deserve.