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When Vegas Gets To Be Too Much, A New Website Wants You To Get Well Sooner

December 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

Perhaps ZocDoc, a new free website that aggregates the services of local doctors into a searchable booking engine, is more beneficial to locals, but we see it as a great resource for visitors to Vegas as well. And since things get crazy accidents happen in the City of Sin, this may be a site you’ll want to bookmark for your next visit.

The main problem for tourists in need of healthcare revolves around finding a doctor while on the road. It’s definitely easier to simply show up at the emergency room than to find and secure an appointment with an in-network provider, but it can come at a cost. A 2010 Health Affairs study found 27 percent of those visiting an emergency room could be treated more cost-effectively at a doctor’s office, and BlueCross BlueShield estimates on its website that “the national average E.R. visit costs $383, while the national average doctor’s office visit is approximately $60.”

Obviously, situations occur where one doesn’t have the luxury of waiting (a broken bone or alcohol poisoning, for example), but local private practices should definitely be kept in mind as an alternative to rushing to the hospital. The available services of doctors (name, location, specialty), appointment times, and insurances options are shown online by ZocDoc via a search-engine format, informing you instantly of whether you can get an appointment that day or the next. You can book an appointment online even if the office is closed.

In what scenarios could it be of assistance? How about a sprained ankle on the dance floor that prevents an encore performance, a broken pair of eyeglasses that blurs the line between the two of hearts and the three of diamonds or, we don't know, a twisted knee from a booze-fueled hotel room romp? Hey, it could happen. Trust us.

Give ZocDoc a test run by clicking here. And, you don't have to be in Vegas to use it, it also lists medical providers for more than 20 other US cities.

(Photos: ZocDoc,Beaumontenterprise.com)

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