As much as 84% of people who go to the ER don’t have true medical emergencies.  By going to the hospital emergency room you may pay up to six times more than necessary. For non life threatening emergencies like sprains, stitches bug bites, sore throats etc. your primary physician is a great place to go for urgent care.  The advantages are ten-fold because he or she has your full medical history and understands your health. If you need help during your doctor’s office hours, which many times includes nights and Saturday’s, seek help from him or her first.