|This is going to sound like a stupid question, but...
||[Mar. 26th, 2009|12:58 pm]
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What's the process of finding and going to a doctor, with really short notice, in the US?|
I'm an Australian currently traveling by myself in the US (in Washington at the moment) and I've developed a really high fever that comes and goes in 30 minute intervals, shakes, aches and pains, my throat is sore, I can't swallow and my ears are full and making crackling noises. In short, I need medical attention and I can't wait.
I tried Googleing, but I'm not finding anything and with my fever I'm not even really sure I'm looking for the right thing. Any advice you could give me would be great. (Oh, and I got travel insurance, so in theory this whole thing should be covered).
From everything I've heard from locals, you have to book appointments really far in advance, like days or weeks ahead of time (this is REALLY different from Australia, so I'm lost). Am I supposed to go to hospital if I can't get into a doctor?
Secondary question: if you live in the DC area, do you know of a good doctor I could go to?
Thanks TQC, I owe you one.
EDIT: Thanks everyone - Urgent Care Facility/ ER it is. You guys rock.