Is it cheaper to go to urgent care or emergency room?

Is it cheaper to go to urgent care or emergency room?

A visit to urgent care — even if you have to pay out-of-pocket — is still less expensive than going to the ER. On average, urgent care visits cost between $100 and $200. ER visits are more than twice this amount, usually over $500.

What is urgent and emergency care?

​​Urgent and emergency care​ Urgent and emergency care covers the service you need when you are ill and need to be seen by a doctor or nurse straight away. … Emergency care is when you have a life threatening accident or illness and you have to be treated in a major hospital.

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What qualifies as emergency care?

Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or serious head injury, require a visit to the emergency department, also called the emergency room (ER). An illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening but can't wait until the next day should be treated at an urgent care center.