Assuming one has adequate health insurance, when one gets sick, should one
Make an appointment with one's regular doctor - the same doctor one always goes to when one is sick
Find a regular doctor, because one hasn't bothered to get one yet
Go to the urgent care center, as one can't be bothered to find a regular doctor
Tough it out
For clarification, as people's comments indicate I may not have been clear as to what the poll was about... It's not about the specifics of being sick. It's about whether you have a regular doctor, get a regular doctor, go to the urgent care facility / emergency room for your normal health care, or just ignore it.
I guess this was all in response to me hitting up the urgent care clinic this afternoon. With no further symptoms other than my sore throat and a general stuffyness back there it triggered my "I've got strep" alarm. I've had it plenty of times in the past and when it hits, it can hit really hard.
The part Galen isn't taking into account is the fact that I pay extra for a PPO healthcare plan specifically so I don't have to futz around with primary care physicians. Most doctors are covered for most of the bill on my plan. If I wanted to pay -less- per month, I could elect a non-ppo plan, get a primary care physician, and do everything through he or she with 100% coverage.
That's not how I've ever done it for most of my life. I see a doctor when I'm bleeding out the nose, if something gets broken, or if I've been really sick for more than a few days and it feels like things are heading downhill as opposed to uphill. Or, in this case, if I start exhibiting the symptoms of strep throat. I still have my tonsels, it's easy to overlook for the first day or two, and if you don't start antibiotics in a hurry it'll get real bad before it gets any better.
In this case it was a simple 10 minute strep culture-- it came back negative.