Proposed features/Urgent care
|Applies to:||node, area|
|Definition:||The urgent care tag is used at, for example, clinics, that offer walk-in service|
- 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)
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.
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"
See image. There is normally at least one per village+ (or town+ if village and town are close together)
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.
This tag applies to nodes and areas.
Clinics, dentists, and doctors' offices will be affected by this tag.
Please comment on the discussion page
- 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)
- 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. 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 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 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)
- 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 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)