More ways to access non‑emergency care

High-quality care is always within reach.


Illnesses and accidents can happen at any time. That’s why we offer convenient ways for you to get the care you need. Find out how to access care when it isn’t an emergency.

  • Primary care visits

    It’s best to start with your primary care physician (PCP) as they may offer same-day, next-day or after-hours appointments including weekend and evening visits. Many providers also offer video and phone visits, also known as telehealth, which can save you a trip to the doctor’s office. Some plan medical groups offer telehealth services for certain medical conditions, and for certain follow-up appointments.
  • TIP: Telehealth is also available for behavioral health appointments, with no referral necessary from your PCP in most cases, and when getting care in network.
  • Urgent care

    Urgent care centers treat a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. They are a good option for same-day care. Members must go to an urgent care center within their plan medical group.
  • After-Hours Nurse Advice

    If it’s after hours or the weekend and you need medical advice, you can call Sharp Nurse Connection® to talk about your illness or injury with a registered nurse. Members can call  1-855-562-8853 from 5 pm – 8 am, Monday to Friday and 24 hours on weekends. 
  • Emergency Travel Services

    When traveling 100 miles or more away from home or in another country, our emergency travel services partner connects you to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care services. We also offer prescription assistance, referrals for interpretation and legal services, pre-trip information, as well as assistance with lost luggage, documents and personal belongings.
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