Urgently Needed Care (Health Care) Law and Legal Definition

Urgently needed care means care or medical service required immediately for a sudden illness or injury, which is not life threatening and that needs medical care right away in the understanding of a prudent layman. A primary health care doctor generally provides urgently needed care for beneficiaries of medicare health plan other than original medicare.

Health plan will generally pay for the urgently need care taken by a beneficiary, who is out of plan's service area for a short time and cannot wait until return to the service area.

Urgent needed care is a new way of accessing medical services without waiting for an appointment. It was developed by emergency physicians, who are also called emergency room (ER) physicians, as a way to meet the demands of patients seeking an alternative to overcrowded hospital.