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Rise in Urgent Care Centers

Over the years, there has been a surge in Urgent Care Centers popping up across the country to alleviate the strain on the United States healthcare system. Hospital emergency rooms are at sometimes filled to capacity, the wait is longer than usual, and at times there is a shortage of primary care physicians that can handle the load all on their own and most importantly, the rise in health care costs have created the need for alternative care. Urgent care centers have emerged to as an alternative care setting that will provide optimal care and reduce healthcare costs throughout the country. Growing to 9,000 locations in recent years, urgent care centers provide walk-in care for illnesses and injuries that need immediate attention but don’t rise to the level of an emergency. Though their impact on overall health care access and costs remains unclear, hospitals and health plans are optimistic about the potential of urgent care centers to improve access and reduce ED visits, according to a new qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) for the National Institute for Health Care Reform. Across communities throughout the United States, respondents indicated that growth of urgent care centers is driven heavily by consumer demand for convenient access to care. While urgent care centers are convenient and accessible, hospitals view urgent care centers as a way to gain patients, while health plans see opportunities to contain costs by steering patients away from costly emergency department visits. Although some providers believe urgent care centers disrupt coordination and continuity of care, others believe these concerns may be overstated, given urgent...

Keep Your Lungs and Sinuses Healthy With These Tips to Combat Allergies

Keep Your Lungs and Sinuses Healthy With These Tips to Combat Allergies The humidity has arrived and with that we can expect plenty of allergies that can not only be an annoyance, but can lead to bigger health issues. During these muggy months it’s important to take a moment to evaluate your health and how you take care of your sinuses and your lungs. One way in which to be mindful of the quality of the air you breathe is to be alert and aware of any possible allergies you may have that can affect your sinuses and your lungs. Allergies can arise from pollens in springtime, grass in the summer, and ragweed during the fall as well as dust, mites, animal allergens, perfumes, detergents, soaps, and changes in atmospheric temperature. There are a many number of factors that can cause you to have allergies. Allergies can lead to more serious issue such as asthma. Allergic asthma can be triggered by allergies to bacteria, mold to everyday pollens. Allergic rhinitis affects approximately 10%-20% of the U.S. population and 40% of children. The average age of the onset of allergies is between the ages of 8 through 12. Clinical presentation of allergies usually consists of sneezing, nasal congestion, cough, postnasal drip, loss of or alteration of smell, and sensation of clogged ears which can cause a discomfort and be an inconvenience. There are many ways to treat the onset of allergies which can include non-pharmacologic therapy or pharmacologic. Non-pharmacologic Therapy: Maintain allergen-free environment by covering mattresses and pillows with allergen-proof casings, eliminating animal products, and removing dust collecting fixtures. Clean...

RITECARE URGENT CARE MEDICAL CENTERS IS GETTING SOUTH FLORIDA READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

RITECARE URGENT CARE MEDICAL CENTERS IS GETTING SOUTH FLORIDA READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL WHO/WHAT: RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Centers in South Florida are getting kids ready for back to school with a fun back to school health fair. RiteCare MC will be offering specials on sports physicals for kids along with back to school check-ups to make sure kids are healthy and ready for an amazing new year in school. Vendors from local establishments will on site giving away free goodies to those in attendance and there will be games and music for everyone to enjoy. Join RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center on Saturday, July 25th at the Falls and on Saturday, August 8th at the Hialeah location for an afternoon of fitness, health awareness, and treats to get everyone ready to go back to school this fall. **Present the above coupon to receive discount WHEN: Saturday, July 25th at the Falls location from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and Saturday, August 8th at the Hialeah location from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. WHERE: RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center The Falls 14201 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL (305) 513-3818 RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center Hialeah 915 W 49th St Hialeah, FL (305)...

Urgent care gets better for Hialeah

Immediate medical care for non-life threatening just became better for people working or living in greater Miami. Increasing its number of urgent care locations, Rite Care Medical Center is now serving urgent care in Hialeah, Miami Airport/Doral, Brickell and The Falls for convenient care in the treatment of ear or eye infections, sore throat/fever/flu, cuts needing stitches or possible broken bones or simple fractures. “Our Hialeah urgent care is far superior because our physician, not a physician assistant, will be waiting to tend to your every need,” says Hossein Joukar, M.D., CEO of RiteCare, “and we are open every day, including Saturday and Sunday with extended hours.” For example, the long wait at local Emergency Room may be avoided, particularly inconvenient when you or your loved one needs immediate medical care. For years, RiteCare Medical Center has earned the loyal following from tens of thousands of patients who enjoy the lower cost when compared to other choices, in addition to the prompt attention from Dr. Joukar and his esteemed physician group. Need medical care Rite Away? Please visit us online or call (786)242-2479 for our concierge. About RiteCare Medical Centers From the onset, RiteCare Medical Center serves patients seven days a week at our urgent care clinics for consumers and for employers. RiteCare has an innovative business model which offers quality healthcare for immediate appointments. Each clinic offers diagnostic x-ray, physical therapy and pharmacy services. We are continually recognized by our patients for excellent, reliable, cost-effective and prompt medical care. Our headquarters is located in downtown Miami, FL at 1250 S. Miami Avenue with clinics near Hialeah, The Falls in south...

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis affects approximately 10%-20% of the U.S. population and 40% of children. Mean age of onset is 8-12 year. Clinical presentation usually consists of sneezing, nasal congestion, cough, postnasal drip, loss of or alteration of smell, and sensation of plugged ears. Etiology due to: Pollens in the springtime, ragweed in fall, grasses in the summer Dust, mites, animal allergens Smoke or any irritants Perfumes, detergents, soaps Changes in atmospheric temperature Treatment: Non pharmacologic Therapy Maintain allergen-free environment by covering mattresses and pillows with allergen-proof casings, eliminating animal products, and removing dust collecting fixtures. Air purifiers and dust filters Maintain humidity to below 50% to prevent dust mites or mold Use air conditioners, especially in the bedroom Remove pets from homes of patients with suspected sensitivity to animal allergens Use of acupuncture to treat is controversial Pharmacological Therapy Topical nasal steroids are very effective and I prefer as first line treatment in adults. Ex. Fluticasone (Flonase). Oral Antihistamine, first generation antihistamine, ex. Benadryl, can cause considerable sedation and anticholinergic symptoms. Second generation antihistamine, ex. Loratadine (Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), are preferred since they cause less sedation and anticholinergic effects. Oral leukotriene receptor antagonist, ex. Montelukast (Singulair), commonly used for asthma is also effective for allergic rhinitis. Cromolyn sodium used for...

Travel Medicine Essentials

As the cruise capital of the world, the port of Miami sends four million passengers each year to the seven continents.   By comparison, Miami Airport (MIA) greeted 19 million passengers from international destinations in 2012.   Know which travel vaccines are needed in advance. Before You Go – What you need to know It’s a good idea to schedule your doctor visit early since many vaccines need 4-6 weeks to become fully protective. Different vaccines are recommended depending upon your destination, what you will be doing there, and your underlying health.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a good source if you want to know which ones. Your physician is best able to answer which vaccines are suitable for you based on your itinerary and health. Before You Go – Vaccines at the same time Most vaccines may be given at the same time, says Hossein Joukar, MD. You may experience temporary discomfort, but your body’s immune system is capable of handling the antigens.   There are many government websites which will guide your travel planning before you see your doctor. Before You Go – Medical Travel Kit For most international travelers, your destination will be important in gathering the right contents for your medical kit.   For general symptoms, Dr. Joukar recommends: For pain or fever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin) Stomach upset and diarrhea (Imodium, antibiotics, mild laxative, antacid) Throat and respiratory discomfort (decongestant, cough suppressant, antihistamine) Motion sickness remedies (may be treated by a variety of methods) Severe allergic reaction (Epipen) Please consider planning well in advance and visit your physician early, at least two months prior to traveling for...

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Miami, FL 33176
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Hialeah, FL 33012
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