What you need to know about emergency care

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To go to the ER or not?


When you need care right away, deciding where to go can be a tough call.  The emergency room (ER) may seem like a natural choice.  But if it's not a true emergency, you might save money and time by going somewhere else. ER wait times are  at an all-time high.  Plus, an ER visit can be expensive.  True emergencies need ER care or a 911 call.  But when it's not an emergency, we can help you find other options for care.

Calling your primary doctor is a good first choice.  But if you can't see your doctor soon enough, or if it's after hours, finding a clinic or urgent care center is another good option.

Most urgent care centers are open weeknights and weekends.

Finding non-emergency care is easy, Just go to anthem.com/ca/eralt for a listing of providers in your area that can handle your care needs.

Each clinic or center may have different services.  Before you go, be sure to call and ask:

  • What are your hours?
  • Do you have services that i need?
  • What age range to you treat?
  • Are you in my health plan network?