Bill Fray, from Debt.org, America’s debt help organization, lays out the differences between Emergency Rooms & urgent care facilities in the article below.
The most important piece to take from this article is looking at the cost differences. Studies across the nation show that urgent care is a less expensive route to medical care. Now it is very important to understand that “urgent care centers are a cost-effective alternative to emergency rooms for the treatment of non-life-threatening medical situations,” (Fray, Debt.org).
How patients plan to pay is always a factor to take in to consideration when looking at the cost differences in these medical care options. But the critical thing to take away from this article is to consider urgent care facilities for all non-life threatening injuries or illnesses.
Don’t forget most urgent care facilities have little to no wait times as well!