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Can You Go to Urgent Care Without Insurance?

Don’t let the cost of care stop you from being seen if you need urgent medical attention. There are various ways to pay for your treatment if you do not have medical insurance. 

First and foremost, at Coastal Urgent Care of Gonzales, we encourage you to seek treatment right away if you are experiencing a medical issue; don’t skimp on your health over financial concerns. 

Will I be treated for my medical issue without insurance?

Yes, you will be treated without medical insurance. Treatment is not reliant on whether you hold medical insurance. Our main goal is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible. Don’t delay treatment.

The cost of urgent care depends on various factors, including diagnosis, treatment, and the short and long-term care required. 

When diving into the cost, there are three main factors to consider:

1.       Test and x-rays performed

 In the instance that you require an x-ray, blood test, viral test, EKG, or any other specialty test or imaging to confirm your diagnosis, the cost will be your responsibility. It is important to note that the cost of these services will be a lot less expensive than going to a hospital emergency room. 

2.       Medications and injections provided

 If you do not have medical insurance, the total cost of medications and injections provided will be your responsibility. When being seen, it is always best to let the provider know that you do not have insurance. This way, you’ll be prescribed generic medication at a lower cost. These medications will still provide the same type of healing and relief as their name-brand counterparts. 

3.       Cast and splints given for short or long-term use

If you’ve sprained or broken a bone, a cast or splint may be required for proper healing and protection until you can see your primary care provider or orthopedic surgeon. The person receiving casting treatment for the affected bone(s) is responsible for the cost associated with treating the bones. 

It is important to remember that no upfront cost is typically required of the patient. 

Our priority is to treat the medical issue you are facing. After services are rendered, you will receive a medical bill with a total cost breakdown. Each patient’s case is unique, so no set cost can be provided before treatment. 

Should I go to the emergency room instead?

The option to seek medical care at an emergency room versus an urgent care facility is entirely up to you. 

If you have an injury or illness that requires same-day medical treatment and your primary care doctor is unavailable, urgent care is the best choice. 

When comparing the two, urgent care is the better option for treatment of:

  • Colds, flu or fever
  • Ear infections
  • Bladder infections
  • Cuts, bruises or burns
  • Strains, sprains or fractures

While emergency care is needed for:

  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

Remember that emergency rooms should be reserved for severe or life-threatening medical conditions that need immediate attention. If you have a medical emergency requiring immediate life-saving attention, call 9-1-1. To learn more about our insurance and policies, visit our insurance page today. Don’t wait on treatment. Walk into our clinic today to be seen. We are open 7 days a week with no appointments needed.