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enTrust Immediate Care™ Introduces Immediate Advantage…

Practical Assistance in Managing Healthcare Costs

Houston, TX – January, 6, 2011 – Amid unwelcome news of skyrocketing healthcare costs there is good news for Houstonians! ENTRUST IMMEDIATE CARE™, the Houston based family medicine and urgent care provider, has just introduced its IMMEDIATE ADVANTAGE plan to help employers, individuals and families offset increasing healthcare expenses and to provide them the opportunity to use their health insurance and/or workers’ compensation insurance more advantageously.

Helping Employers, Families and Individuals
Immediate Advantage is for the insured and self-insured alike. For employers providing healthcare coverage and covering the costs of work related injuries, and for individuals and families seeking a practical approach to control health care costs, this is a viable approach.

According to Kevin Stuckey, President of ENTRUST IMMEDIATE CARE™, “This plan enables employers and families to pre-pay for the urgent care and/or primary medical care they anticipate using within a foreseeable time frame and recognize a reasonable discount for doing so.” For those with health insurance, substantial savings could be recognized by coupling the Immediate Advantage plan with a higher deductible insurance policy that should be less expensive.

As an example, four complete visits to ENTRUST IMMEDIATE CARE™ can be purchased for $175/each ($700 total). This includes the following services and more provided on an “in-house” basis:

• Physician Visits for General Medical Issues (including issuing appropriate prescriptions)
• Physical Exams (including Drug Screening)
• X-Rays
• Lab Work & Tests (UA, Strep, Mono, Pregnancy & etc.)
• Sprain and Injury Care (X-Ray, splinting & crutches)
• Breathing Treatments
• Allergy Care
• Sutures (stitches)
• Basic Injections for antibiotics, tetanus, pain relief & etc.
• Muscle Strains & Sprains
• EKG’s
• Pediatric Care
• Burn Treatment (1st and 2nd Degree)
• Headache Care (migraine, sinusitis, allergy)

“The out of pocket costs for many of these same visits and treatments would typically be several hundred dollars. This plan is for people seeking to control expenses without sacrificing quality in the care they receive. And, the financial incentive for not using expensive, time consuming emergency room facilities for non-life threatening cases is substantial. By introducing Immediate Advantage, we are delivering on our mission of providing quality healthcare that is prompt, convenient and affordable.” Stuckey said.

More Information is available at PH# 713.468.7845, or at http://www.entrustcare.com.

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When should an urgent care clinic be used instead of an emergency room? At enTrust Immediate Care we think that is a reasonable question with a practical answer. The “common sense” determinant is this: If the patient’s symptoms are so severe that you think he or she ultimately will need to be admitted to the hospital, go directly to an emergency room. That could be a free-standing emergency room or the ER of a hospital.

Alternatively, it is usually going to be much faster and much less expensive to use an immediate care (urgent care) clinic like enTrust Immediate Care. For instance, the national average for hospital emergency visits is over three hours compared to 30 minutes for a typical immediate care visit. And, a patient’s out of pocket co-payment may be $200 to $250 for an emergency room visit, compared to $30 to $50 in an urgent care center, even when the medical services provided would be the same.

At enTrust Immediate Care a broad range of medical services is provided. Our doctors and staff handle minor emergencies, common & seasonal illnesses, athletic injuries and most other family medical needs (pediatric & adult) on a walk-in basis. Additionally, men’s health issues can be addressed on an appointment basis. Digital X-Ray and full lab services are offered on-site.

A practical assessment of a medical need and/or condition can result in a substantial savings of time and money. Use a hospital of free-standing ER if necessary, but use enTrust Immediate Care to save time & money while still receiving excellent medical care.

enTrust Immediate Care can provide most of the services typically provided in hospital or freestanding emergency rooms. These include minor emergency care as well as full family care. Access to doctors is immediate! The care is delivered MUCH faster and it is MUCH less expensive

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