Choosing where to go for care depends a lot on what you need care for, and how seriously ill or injured you are. This guide can help you decide what level of service you need.
If someone has a minor illness or injury, needs assistance with a chronic illness or needs a routine health exam or immunization, a primary care provider is the right choice.
Primary care is a great choice for:
See a list of MultiCare Primary Care locations.
If someone becomes ill or is injured and their condition does not pose an immediate, serious threat to their health or life, urgent care is the right choice.
When your regular doctor or health care provider is not available, you should go to an urgent care clinic for:
MultiCare offers you a range of urgent care options across the state, from traditional urgent care clinics to MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care's highly personalized care model. See a list of all our MultiCare Urgent Care locations.
If you think someone could suffer significant harm or die without prompt attention, seek emergency care — or call 911 — immediately.
Emergency care is the right choice for treating conditions such as:
See a list of MultiCare Emergency Departments.
When you are not feeling well because of a minor illness or injury, leaving the house is not always desirable or convenient. In recent years, a number of virtual care offerings have become available, allowing you to get care from qualified medical professionals by connecting with them online.
Virtual care is the right choice for treating conditions such as:
House call services have also become more common throughout the region.
House call services may be the right choice for conditions such as:
House call services may also be able to perform tests and procedures, such as:
House call services are particularly well suited for elderly patients, patients who don't drive or have access to reliable transportation and patients who may have to be re-admitted to the hospital if they don't receive immediate care.
MultiCare, in partnership with DispatchHealth, offers on-demand, in-person care in Tacoma and Pierce County. Learn more about our house call service.
You should call 911 to get an ambulance if: