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URGENT CARE vs EMERGENCY ROOM: Which should you choose?

Emergency care and urgent care are different. Before a crisis occurs, there are a few things to consider before choosing to visit one or the other.

There are important distinctions between emergency care and urgent care that determine the care a patient receives. For example, at our Village ER locations, our state-of-the-art facility and qualified emergency personnel are able to handle most every medical emergency that arises, giving our patients peace of mind knowing that they’re receiving the same care as at a large hospital, but with more personalized attention.

Below are some important things to consider when thinking about the difference between an urgent care facility and an emergency room:


Services Our
Wait Time NO WAIT Avg. of 4 Hrs. Varies
Cost of Service < Hospital Highest Low
Fast On-Site CT Scan & Ultrasound X X
Immediate X-rays X X
Rapid Lab Results X Unlimited
Rapid Discharge X X
Fast Admission to Hospital Room X X
Easy and Fair Billing X X
Convenient Location X
Free Parking X
24 Hours of Operation X
E.R Board Certified X
Worker Compensation X
Severe Abdominal Pain X
Broken Bones X
Private Insurance Accepted

Urgent care vs Emergency room: Quality of Care

Urgent care locations are ideal for minor issues, and when a primary doctor may not be available. Staff within an urgent care should be able to redirect patients who need more specialized attention.

By choosing Village ER, one might save some time getting the precise care needed from a board-certified emergency team member. Emergency care units are better equipped at handling life-threatening situations, as well as perform routine emergencies. With the same licenses and credentials given to our facility by the state of Texas, our 24-hour emergency room and staff can provide:

  • Full CT scan, ultrasound, and radiology services
  • Full laboratory services with instant results
  • Cardiopulmonary monitoring, nebulizer treatments, and airway management
  • Intravenous fluids and medications
  • Overnight observation capacity

Our emergency room facilities provide access to quick comprehensive care and tools such as on-site laboratories and diagnostic services for faster results located in-house. Take a look at some of our other on-site benefits:

  • Free & convenient parking
  • Spacious waiting rooms
  • Coffee bar
  • 24/7 availability

At Village ER, we accept most insurance plans, and we believe in fair and transparent billing. We can also work with those who do not have insurance.



Hospitals are busy places, serving the wide needs of the community. At Village Emergency Centers, everything from our easy and free parking to our uncrowded waiting rooms is designed to provide you with the medical attention you need with the least amount of inconvenience. We even have a coffee bar on the premises for those who are waiting.

Rest assured, should you need hospitalization for your emergency, our expert personnel ensure that you’re stabilized and arrange for fast, efficient admittance to an inpatient hospital.

Village Emergency Centers are located all across Houston and are open for walk-in patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week. We never close, not even on holidays. With private, freestanding emergency rooms, Village Emergency Centers offers all of the same services and care as a hospital emergency room, but with little or no wait time.