How Much Does Urgent Care Really Cost?

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An unexpected trip to urgent care can be just as unexpected as the total on the bill that comes at the end, but we don’t want that to be the case.

At Pediatric Urgent Care of Northern Colorado, we understand that nothing is more stressful than a sick or injured child, so we want to make sure that the costs associated with the care your child may need are discussed to relieve some of your worries.

According to Dr. Franz Ritucci, President of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, the average urgent care visits range from $50 to $150, depending on the patient’s co-pay and level of treatment.

Choosing urgent care over the emergency room can save you a great deal of money. America’s Debt Help Organization states that it is estimated that more than $18 billion could be saved annually if patients whose medical problems are “avoidable” or “non-urgent” did not rely on ERs for their medical needs.

Of course, emergency rooms and urgent care centers serve different purposes in regard to the level of sickness or injury, so it is important to know when you can cut costs and when you need to go to the ER.

To understand the difference, read our related post: Emergency or Urgency? Save on Healthcare Costs When You Know the Difference here.