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Urgent care vs emergency room

When you need care right away, the emergency room isn't your only option. If the situation isn't life-threatening, an urgent care center may be able to provide the care you need more quickly - and at a much lower cost.

Urgent Care

A typical Urgent Care visit is
$50-1501
The typical Urgent Care visit takes
1 hour2

When to consider Urgent Care

Cold and flu
Sprains and strains
Cuts and stitches
Sore throat, ears, or eyes

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Emergency Room

The average ER visit is
$1,2331
The average ER visit takes
2.25 hours3

When to consider Emergency Room

Chest pain
Shortness of breath
Broken bones
Head or abdominal pain
Open wounds
Overdose or chemical ingestion

Up to 80% of all ER visits could be handled by an Urgent Care4

Sources:
1 Debt.org, "Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers," Bill Fay, June 6, 2017
2 Urgent Care Association of America, "20 Things to Know about Urgent Care," Becker's Hospital, February 15, 2016
3 American College of Emergency Physicians, "Emergency Department Wait Times, Crowding and Access Fact Sheet," 2016
4 Nextcare, "Know when to go to Urgent Care vs. ER" https://nextcare.com/plan-your-visit/whynextcare/er-vs-urgent-care/ (Accessed January 10, 2018)

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