If you need to see an ER or doctor’s office, you should go to a public hospital or another facility that offers a direct connection to the hospital, said Dr. Roberta Tisch, director of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
That way, you won’t be waiting outside the building to get to the ER or seeing a doctor, she said.
If you do decide to go to the emergency room, it’s important to have a plan for what to expect.
If it’s not an emergency, you shouldn’t have a panic attack or get rushed to the bathroom, she added.
You should see your doctor, but if you’re unsure, ask your doctor or other health care provider for a referral.
If that doesn’t work, you can get a referral from a family physician or another health care professional.
You can also contact your insurance company or visit the website of your state’s Medicaid program to find out how you can enroll in coverage.