Be prepared: 3 tips to help you get the care you need

(BPT) - When a health issue comes up, it might be hard to know what to do, especially if you or someone you love isn’t feeling well. Your first impulse might be to go straight to the emergency room. However, with the potential for longer wait times, at times unnecessary tests and treatments, plus the possible added exposure to germs, the ER may not be the best option.

Additionally, visiting the emergency room for non-emergency health concerns may result in barriers to building a long-term relationship with a primary care physician (PCP). A PCP can provide preventative care, treat minor illnesses and injuries, connect you to specialists and fully understand your medical history for improved health outcomes.