Convenient hours and quick, comprehensive medical attention are two reasons why more people are choosing immediate care walk-in clinics. But don’t forget about the cost savings! Let’s take a look at how urgent care – as opposed to emergency room visits or primary care physician appointments – can help save you money.
- Time is Money
Studies show the average ER visit is about 3 hours. That’s 2-3 times longer than the average time spent at urgent care centers.
- Common Illnesses, Uncommon Costs
Ear infections and urinary tract infections typically cost $155 to treat at the ER. But at urgent care centers, the cost is as low as $70.
- System-Wide Savings
According to one study, more than $18 billion could be saved in the U.S. healthcare system if patients opted for urgent care instead of emergency room treatment.
- ER Visits vs. Urgent Care
While typical ER visits now cost around $1,000 – and that’s for insured patients – a trip to walk-in clinics has an average cost of around $50 to $100. Some urgent care visits can cost less, depending on your health insurance plan.
- Less Bureaucracy = Less Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Unlike hospital emergency rooms and doctor’s offices, immediate care centers aren’t burdened with red tape, sluggish response times and clunky structural deficiencies. As a result, urgent care simply costs less – resulting in higher patient satisfaction.
- No Insurance? No Problem
Patients without health insurance end up with huge bills from ER visits – nearly $2,200 in some parts of the country. Most walk-in healthcare clinics accept major insurance plans, but don’t sweat it if you’re not insured; payment plans and low average costs help offset those super-expensive costs associated with emergency rooms.
- Extra Savings
Has anyone ever received a special discount at the emergency room? Good luck with that! But urgent care networks offer terrific savings for common medical procedures, including physicals, flu shots and more!
To learn more about Banner Urgent Care’s services please call our main office at (480) 988-9108. You can also visit any of our Arizona walk-in healthcare clinics. We look forward to hearing from you!