We all know that for significant concerns such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, a patient should go to the Emergency Department (ED). Emergency Department visits are expensive, averaging $1200 per visit. In the United States, $47 billion total is spent for Emergency Department visits per year.
For minor complaints, how does Urgent Care compare for costs?
The average cost for a visit to the ED for Bronchitis is $595. At an Urgent Care it would be $127.
If a patient goes to the ED for an earache, the average cost would be $400. At an Urgent Care it would be $110.
For a Urinary Tract Infection, the average cost at an ED would be $665. At an Urgent Care it would be $112.