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Is Urgent Care Cheaper Than the ER?

Millions of Americans visit emergency rooms each year due to unexpected medical emergencies. From accidental injuries to the onset of illness, a visit to the doctor helps diagnose and treat problems faster.

Although the emergency room is an excellent resource for those in need of extreme emergency care, urgent care clinics offer comprehensive treatment at a much lower cost and are quicker, too.

If you need treatment now, we recommend considering whether your condition requires a trip to the emergency room or if it can be treated at your local urgent care center to avoid the impact on your wallet.

How much does a trip to the emergency room cost?

Medical costs for both urgent care and emergency room trips can vary significantly by diagnosis and extent of treatment required and performed. The average cost of a trip to the emergency room is around $1,500 to $2,000 per patient, while a visit to urgent care is about 40% less than its emergency room counterpart.

If you’re experiencing an urgent medical matter and are considering heading to your local emergency room, consider whether ER treatment is warranted or if you can visit an urgent care center to get you feeling better sooner and for less cost.

Comprehensive care without the emergency room bill

Many patients find themselves taking a trip to the emergency room for injuries and illnesses that could be effectively treated at an urgent care clinic.

Often, you can save both time and money by visiting your local urgent care center for the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Ear infections
  • COVID-19
  • Cold, fever and flu
  • Strep throat
  • Bladder infections
  • Cuts, scrapes and bruises
  • Burns
  • Dehydration
  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures

In addition, we have the capabilities to use on-site diagnostic tools for faster diagnosis, such as:

  • X-rays
  • MRIs
  • EKGs
  • Urgent lab testing

Cost shouldn’t deter you from needed emergency care

Although, generally speaking, the cost of urgent care is less than emergency room care, there are some instances where a trip to the ER is necessary. In fact, sometimes your life depends on it. Don’t ever let the cost of emergency room or urgent care treatment deter you from getting the care you need quickly. Your health and safety matter most.

We recommend skipping urgent care and heading straight to the ER if you are experiencing:

  • Signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke
  • Numbness on one side of the body
  • Fainting
  • Excessive bleeding during pregnancy
  • Head trauma
  • Deep cuts, burns, lacerations, or fractures that leave muscle or bone exposed
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blood discharge while vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion or changes in your mental state

Medical insurance can help offset the cost of care

Most urgent care facilities accept major insurance plans for treatment. Often, most diagnoses and treatment options are covered entirely depending on your insurance plan.

At Coastal Urgent Care of Ruston, we accept:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Office of Group Benefits
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • Verity Healthcare

We also accept insurance providers. To obtain a current listing of all accepted insurances, call us at 318-242-1440.

To learn more about urgent care costs or to schedule an appointment at our clinic, contact us today. No time to plan? Simply walk in. We are open 7 days a week to assist with all of your urgent care needs. Don’t delay treatment; get on the road to recovery today.