Proposed features/Urgent care

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Urgent care
Status: Canceled (inactive)
Proposed by: Floridaeditor
Tagging: urgent_care=yes;no
Applies to: node, area
Definition: The urgent care tag is used at, for example, clinics, that offer walk-in service
Rendered as: none
Drafted on: 2020-04-04
RFC start: 2020-04-05
Vote start: 2020-04-19
Vote end: 2020-05-03
Cancled by proposal author, who suggests using walk-in=*
Please use this tag. I understand the majority of voters would rather use this tag. --Floridaeditor (talk) 11:52, 20 April 2020 (UTC)

Proposal

The urgent_care=* tag will allow mappers to map places that allow urgent care/walk-in, such as clinics. Also, yes, the British do call it urgent care

Rationale

This key is already in use, albeit somewhat limited. Taginfo reports about 290 uses.


With the urgent_care=yes tag, users will be able to find healthcare amenities, for example clinics or health care centres, when they feel sick or need a non-emergency but essential examination.

The meaning of urgent care normally specifies, that a person in a non-emergency (but still medical) situation will get care without waiting for a long time and without scheduling an appointment.

This definition can show the difference between reservation=no and urgent_care=yes:

Reservation, in my head, would steer me far away from doctors. They mean somewhat similar things, but reservation conjures up more of a restaurant with full service than a doctor's office or clinic.

  • My definition of reservation is: "A reservation is a hold on a table at a restaurant"
  • My definition of appointment is: "A scheduled meeting with a person, normally a business partner or health professional"

Examples

See image. There is normally at least one per village+ (or town+ if village and town are close together)

A clinic that offers urgent care

Tagging

Add urgent_care=yes;no (depending on whether the place offers urgent care) to that place. While a similar tag exists emergency=*, urgent_care=* more focuses on the fact that an emergency isn't needed, just that you do not need an appointment to visit.

Applies to

This tag applies to nodes and areas.

Features/Pages affected

Clinics, dentists, and doctors' offices will be affected by this tag.

Comments

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Voting

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  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. This doesn't address many of the concerns on the discussion page. Needs more work. --Brian de Ford (talk) 15:28, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
What concerns aren't addressed? --Floridaeditor (talk) 15:38, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I approve this proposal I approve this proposal. I agree that this is rather country specific, mainly the US, but unfortunately with the poor US healthcare system, they are a fact of life. Glassman (talk) 16:15, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. The tag is not well-defined yet. The proposal needs more work and detailed, country-specific examples. Just an aerial image as example is just as good as nothing. --Mueschel (talk) 17:20, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I abstain from voting but have comments I have comments but abstain from voting on this proposal. From my point of view in Germany there is no term or use for "urgent care". In countries where it is a fixed term, the use is obvious and the tag is probably the simplest way. However it is a catchy name. If you implement it, I suggest pointing out in the documentation that the tag is country specific and should be clarified by local mapping communities. --Chris2map (talk) 18:57, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. I actually do not see what's the difference to the key walk-in=*. On the discussion page, it was mentioned shortly and I think it might be better than urgent_care=* because walk-in=* could be used with a wider meaning, so also for facilities that are not doctors or something. So its usage might go more international and not only country-specific, thats why I see more chances in this to get it "up". But what should be avoided strictly I think is that we have several keys for the same meaning or with a very similar definition, because this leads to inconsistent tagging schemes and we have "enough" of them already. I like your purpose but sorry, my vote would go rather to walk-in=*... --Lukas458 (talk) 20:55, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
This tag has more uses, thus deprecating walk-in*. Why use a tag with less uses, when a proposed, more used tag can be used instead? --Floridaeditor (talk) 21:44, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I oppose this proposal I oppose this proposal. It's not clear how this is better than Key:walk-in - the definition seems to be the same, but the term used, "urgent care", has a different meaning in British English (instead, the North American term seems to be used). I think this will cause confusion by mappers, and it won't be helpful to tag every clinic which sees walk-in patients with the same tag as an Urgent Care centre in a hospital. In many countries, almost all doctor's offices and clinics operate on a walk-in service basis, so this tag would not be helpful in places like Indonesia with the current definiton. --Jeisenbe (talk) 22:28, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I abstain from voting but have comments I have comments but abstain from voting on this proposal. Quick note to commenters: please note that walk-in=* was not voted upon and it's currently not widely used. My usage of walk-in=* is also different from "a person in a non-emergency (but still medical) situation will get care without waiting for a long time and without scheduling an appointment" proposed for urgent_care=yes: the key distinction for Ontario's "walk-in" is that of rostering. I'm not very familiar with American health care system but I think "out of network" insurance situation might be a somewhat similar concept? And then as I understand it, the situation in the UK is different still - health care is single-payer as in Ontario, Minor Injury Units could be urgent_care=yes, but I'm not sure if "walk-in clinics" walk-in=yes exist - if you are new to the area and need a renewed prescription for a basic medication you've been taking, where do you go?
Some more questions that would help me understand this tag: If you need a sick note for your employer when you have a cold, do you go to urgent_care=yes? If in a month you'll need a new hormonal birth control prescription and are new in the area and haven't contacted any family doctors, do you go to urgent_care=yes? --Jarek Piórkowski (talk) 03:10, 23 April 2020 (UTC)