Dr Eric Ellis

It’s no surprise that visits to the emergency room are expensive and can end up breaking the bank. It’s even worse for the millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance. The sheer cost of a visit to the emergency room drives people to not go – even when they really need emergency medical care. The good news is that you can get most of the same services you’re seeking from an ER at Lincoln Urgent Care at a much more affordable rate with or without insurance. We also provide emergency medical care to patients on a cash pay basis. 


Cash Discounts for Those without Health Insurance

Although we are contracted with most major health insurance companies and are working to add more to our network every day, we realize there are also many people in our community who do not have health insurance. We are happy to report that not having health insurance is not an issue and we can still provide a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to the emergency room (we even offer a cash pay discount!)

We are serious about getting you the care you need. Our goal is to take care of all our patients in all different situations. 


Doing Business with a Family-Owned Urgent Care is Different

Lincoln Urgent Care is not a large corporation. We are a family-owned and operated small business. As members of the Lincoln, California community ourselves, we realize that not everyone has insurance or the funds to visit the ER in a health emergency. All of our patient cases without health insurance are reviewed individually and we are able to offer a cash discount to those who need it. Our goal is to ensure quality urgent care is accessible to all who are in need in the Lincoln, CA area. Not having health insurance shouldn’t be a reason you don’t get the care you need. 

Our lead physician, Dr. Eric Ellis, is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician who completed his training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut. However, after just a few winters, Dr. Ellis realized there’s no place like home and for the past 15 years has practiced in the state of California. 

Our team at Lincoln Urgent Care has the emergency medicine experience required to offer most urgent medical care services, including but not limited to:

  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Burns from heat or chemical exposure
  • Congestion and cough
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infection
  • Eye infection
  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Insect bites and animal bites (like spider bites and dog bites)
  • Migraine
  • Nose bleeds
  • Skin allergy
  • Skin infections
  • Sore throat
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Stomach aches and stomach pains
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Nebulizing and oxygen
  • Dehydration treatment (like IV Hydration)
  • Medication refills
  • On-site X-Ray
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Concussion/head injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Minor burns
  • Wound care/infection
  • Splints
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Removal of superficial foreign objects
  • Stitches/suturing/stapling
  • Strep throat, flu, mononucleosis (mono)
  • Urinalysis
  • EKG
  • Blood glucose (sugar levels)
  • Drug screening
  • Pregnancy testing

For questions about whether or not you should go to the emergency room or an urgent care center, read our blog Should I Use Urgent Care or the ER?


Lincoln Urgent Care for all of your Urgent Care Needs

The next time you find yourself needing urgent health care services, we hope you’ll consider Lincoln Urgent Care in Lincoln, CA. We’re here for you when you need us and work hard to succeed in our mission of providing affordable and high-quality urgent care services to our community. We are open 7 days a week and can be reached at 916-258-2751. We look forward to serving you!

Worker's Comp Lincoln California

Finding an employer solution for urgent health care shouldn’t be hard. Urgent care centers are more readily available than emergency rooms, are more cost-effective, and the wait times are often far less than ERs. At Lincoln Urgent Care, our mission is to provide high-quality urgent care medicine to the Lincoln, California community as an affordable alternative to the rising costs of the Emergency Department. Offering employer solutions is no exception to our company mission. This blog goes into greater detail about the employer solutions that we offer to local employers.

Workers’ Compensation Solutions

We offer many different services for employer solutions at Lincoln Urgent Care. The biggest and most requested service offering is workers’ compensation injury and illness management. It can be as simple as treating a fall, a cut, or a common cold or as comprehensive as getting x-rays or treatment for a laceration sustained on the job. We have proven to be a dependable provider for employers looking to establish a go-to clinic for workers’ compensation matters. In addition, first aid services are also available when applicable. Please call us at 916-258-2751 if you would like more information about worker’s compensation and first aid services for your business. 


Occupational Medicine Services

Alongside worker’s compensation, we offer additional work-related injury or illness treatment services, also known as occupational medicine services. The additional services that we offer are as follows:

  • DMV Exams
  • BAT
  • Pre-Employment Physical Exams
  • EKG
  • Spirometry/Pulmonary Function
  • X-Ray Services
  • Vision Screening
  • TB Testing
  • Lift Testing
  • Respiratory/Mask-Fit Testing
  • Hearing
  • DOT Physicals
  • Laboratory and Screening Tests 
  • Drug Screens

If you don’t see what you are looking for, please give us a call and a member of our team will be able to assist you further. If we are not currently offering the services that you need, we would love to hear your feedback on how we can improve our employer services!  


How to Get Started with Our Employer Solutions

Getting started with our employer solutions is as easy as making a phone call to our urgent care center and letting someone on our team know of your needs as an employer. One of our friendly team members will be happy to guide you through the process and help you get set up. We hope to make the process as quick and simple as possible for our employer solution clients. Our phone number is 916-258-2751 and we serve the local Lincoln, California area. We’d love to hear from you. 


Employer Healthcare Solutions in Lincoln, CA

If you’re in the market for Employer Solutions and Services in the Lincoln, CA area, give us a call! You can also read more information about our practice here


Lincoln Urgent Care is family-owned and operated by husband and wife team Dr. Eric and Clara Ellis. To say that we’re proud to be serving our community in Lincoln, California is an understatement. We look forward to hearing from you!

VA Insurance

Lincoln Urgent Care accepts VA insurance and is honored to serve veterans in our facility. As part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Act, veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system are able to visit a civilian urgent care provider for free – with no appointment required.

While the program is relatively new, its benefits are unfortunately still widely unknown to a large population of veterans and their families. To better serve our veteran patients and their loved ones, this article goes into greater detail about using VA Insurance at Lincoln Urgent Care. 


Qualifications for Using VA Insurance at Urgent Care

As a veteran, when you apply for VA health care, you are assigned to one of eight priority groups. There are several different factors that the VA uses to determine which priority group you should be assigned to. Some of these factors include your disability rank, military service history, and income level. For more information on priority groups click here. You will need to be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to get treated at a civilian urgent care. 

Veterans who are in Priority Groups 1-5, and some veterans in Priority Group 6, can visit an approved civilian urgent care center free of charge up to three times a year. After these three annual visits, each visit thereafter requires a $30 copayment. Veterans in Priority Groups 7 and 8 will need to pay a $30 copayment each time they visit. No payment will be taken at the time of your visit, but instead, the copayments will be billed to you through the VA.


Urgent Care Treatment with Veteran’s Insurance

As an approved urgent care provider that is part of the VA’s contracted network in Lincoln, CA, we welcome all veterans with VA insurance who are looking to get urgent care at Lincoln Urgent Care. Before you make an appointment, we recommend verifying that the medical treatment you are seeking is covered under the new VA insurance program. This is to avoid getting billed for the full amount if the treatment you receive is not covered under the new program. 


To determine your eligibility for treatment, you can call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-866-606-8198 or contact your personal VA medical office. 


Getting Prescriptions with VA Insurance

If we prescribe you medication during your visit, you are eligible to receive a 14-day supply of medication that is related to your condition, free of charge, without having to fill it at a VA hospital. We recommend getting the prescription filled from us directly or through the VA pharmacy network to avoid paying full price at the drugstore. If you do end up getting the 14-day prescription at the drugstore, you will get reimbursed once you file a claim with the VA. If you need to take any prescriptions for longer than 14 days, you will need to get them through a VA facility.

The VA can share medical records with us, as necessary, to ensure you are getting the proper care and the medicine that you need. 

Get the Urgent Care You Need with VA Insurance in Lincoln, CA

We are proud to have the capacity to expand our network and serve our veteran patients at Lincoln Urgent Care. If you have any urgent care needs in Lincoln, California, we are here to serve you and give you the best possible treatment at affordable rates. We are here when you need us and we are proud to serve the Lincoln Community! 

Lincoln Urgent Care Exterior at Night

More often than not, it seems as if illnesses and injuries arise out of thin air! Your baby suddenly spikes a fever over the weekend. You step off the curb the wrong way and your ankle swells up. Your spouse wakes up in the middle of the night with random bouts of abdominal pain. These instances occur when you least expect them; your doctor’s office is not always open at the time of the incident and ER visits are expensive. You can often be left to wonder “should I use urgent care or the ER?”

Though the answer is not always black and white, and knowing the difference between the two types of facilities will help you make the right decision should the time arise. This blog goes into greater detail about what type of facility is most appropriate for your medical situation.

The Difference Between Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms

The terms “urgent” and “emergency” both imply that there’s a critical medical need, but it can be hard to tell the difference because both of these terms are very similar. However, there are very distinct differences between an urgent care facility and an emergency room.

Urgent care centers are the perfect choice for when you’re experiencing an urgent medical matter such as a high fever or a sprain, but your regular doctor doesn’t have an available appointment, and/or the ER is a far drive. If you come up with a sudden illness and it’s something you would normally talk to your primary doctor about, then urgent care would be an appropriate place to go. 

Emergency rooms are open 24/7 and are equipped for more complex, critical, or life-threatening emergencies such as a stroke or heart attack.

When to go to the Emergency Room

You should go to the ER when you are experiencing medical emergencies that require immediate or advanced treatments such as surgery. If treating your medical event requires equipment that is only available in a hospital setting, go to the ER. These are signs you should choose to visit the ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain in any capacity
  • Fainting
  • Serious burns
  • Slurred speech
  • Severe wounds
  • Numbness on one side of your body

Although this is not a complete list of when to go to the ER, it’s best to trust your gut in this situation – and if your gut tells you that it is an emergency, head to the ER right away!

When to go to Urgent Care

Most people don’t realize that there are other options to the ER and end up visiting the ER for minor injuries and illnesses. These minor problems (that are not emergencies) can be treated at an urgent care facility, saving you valuable time and money. 

Lincoln Urgent Care is fully equipped to treat injuries and illnesses such as:

  • Broken bones (we have in-house x-ray technology!)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Wheezing
  • Fevers (no rash)
  • Dehydration
  • Moderate flu-like symptoms
  • Small lacerations that may require stitches
  • Sprains
  • Strains

For a full list of our services, please click here. 

Urgent Care in Lincoln, California

If you need urgent care services in Lincoln, California, look no further than Lincoln Urgent Care. Our mission is to provide high-quality urgent care medicine to our community at an affordable rate. We are family-owned and operated and we take pride in our work and in serving our neighbors. As always, we are here when you need us. 


Lincoln Urgent Care in Lincoln, California is now offering the PCR/NAAT COVID-19 test for travel.* As summer approaches and vaccine availability is on the rise, many Americans are traveling again and need this test to fly out of commercial airports across the country. Many people are also wondering: what is a PCR COVID-19 Test?

The first thing to understand is that there are two types of COVID-19 testing methods: diagnostic tests and antibody tests. Diagnostic tests show when you are actively infected with COVID-19, while antibody tests show if you have previously been infected with COVID-19. PCR tests are a type of diagnostic test that uses a technique called NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests) to determine if a person is currently infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2.)

What Are Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs)?

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

A Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT, is a type of viral diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NAATs detect genetic material (nucleic acids). NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 specifically identify the RNA (ribonucleic acid) sequences that comprise the genetic material of the virus.

The NAAT procedure works by first amplifying – or making many copies of – the virus’s genetic material that is present in a person’s specimen. Amplifying or increasing the copies of nucleic acids enables NAATs to detect very small amounts of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a specimen, making these tests highly sensitive for diagnosing COVID-19. In other words, NAATs can reliably detect small amounts of SARS-CoV-2 and are unlikely to return a false-negative result of SARS-CoV-2.

What is a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test?

From The Cleveland Clinic:

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is performed to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. The test detects the presence of a virus if you are infected at the time of the test. The test could also detect fragments of virus even after you are no longer infected.

A PCR test for COVID-19 is a test used to diagnose people who are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The PCR test is the “gold standard” test for diagnosing COVID-19 because it’s the most accurate and reliable test.

How is a PCR Test Conducted?

A PCR test is a three-step process. Step one takes place inside our office. Steps two and three take place at an outside laboratory, and your results are available in 1-3 days.

  1. Sample Collection: The inside of your nose will be swabbed to collect respiratory material. After collection, the swab is sealed and sent to a lab. If you are infected with COVID-19, the virus will be present in this sample.
  2. Extraction: Once the lab receives our test swab, a process called “extraction” takes place. During this process, any genetic viral material is separated from your sample.
  3. PCR: The sample is placed in a PCR machine with special chemicals. Due to the NAAT process, if COVID-19 is present, millions of copies of the virus’ genetic material will appear and produce a fluorescent glow due to the chemicals added. This fluorescent glow indicates a positive result.

Get Tested at Lincoln Urgent Care

At Lincoln Urgent Care, we are currently conducting PCR tests on a walk-in basis only – no need to schedule an appointment! Please visit our office during our normal business hours to receive your PCR swab test. Results are available in three days or less.

*excludes Hawaii at this time

Please note: some destinations will accept our Rapid 15-minute Antigen Test. Check with your airline and destination to determine if it is accepted.