We all know that for significant symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, a patient should go to the Emergency Department. But ER visits are expensive, averaging $1200 per visit. In the United States, $47 billion total is spent for Emergency Department visits per year!
But for minor complaints, how does a visit to the Urgent Care compare for costs?
The average cost for a visit to the ER for bronchitis is $595. At an Urgent Care it would be $127.
If a patient goes to the ER 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 ER would be $665. At an Urgent Care it would be $112.