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How Much Does it Cost to Go to Urgent Care?

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How Much Does it Cost to Go to Urgent Care?

September 2, 2019 Read Time - 4 minutes

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Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Urgent Care?

If you are sick and need to see a doctor, you may be considering urgent care. Urgent care centers serve as a convenient option if you happen to get sick after your primary doctor’s office hours, or if your doctor doesn’t have any available appointments. Many uninsured patients also choose urgent care.

Urgent care medicine can be defined as medical services that offer outpatient care for both acute and chronic illness. Urgent care centers are also great when you want to avoid having to wait hours to be seen in the ER.

Many people visit an urgent care for conditions like the common cold, flu, strep throat, or even if they need an X-ray as many urgent care centers offer on-demand X-ray services.

However, keep in mind that urgent care centers should not be used in the case of medical emergencies. To learn the difference between urgent, primary and emergency care, click here.

Does Insurance Cover Urgent Care?

You may be wondering if insurance covers urgent care. This is going to depend on your personal health insurance plan. Whether you have insurance or not, in most cases, the out of pocket cost is going to be less with an urgent care visit than with a trip to the emergency room.

The best thing to do is to call your insurance company and ask if the urgent care near you is in-network with your health insurance plan.

The good news is that most urgent care centers and procedures are covered by insurance with the average cost being about $150.

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What is the Copay for Urgent Care?

If your health insurance plan does cover the urgent care near you, then you may have a copay. This will again vary depending on what specific health insurance plan you have.

However, generally speaking, the average copay for urgent care centers is between $25-$75.

Call your insurance company to find out what your copay will be before you head to the urgent care.

Urgent Care Services Online

The great news is that if you do happen to get sick and need to see a doctor asap, there are urgent care services online like PlushCare. You can see and speak with a doctor right from the comfort of your own home via video chat. This means you don’t even have to leave bed when you aren’t feeling well.

Using PlushCare’s urgent care services, you can book your appointment right from your phone or computer, and can be connected to a doctor virtually at the time of your appointment.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select an appointment time.
  2. Speak to a doctor to get diagnosed, treated, and prescribed any necessary medication.
  3. Pick up your prescription at your local pharmacy.

It’s really that easy, and using urgent care services online saves you the hassle of having to go to an in-person urgent care with long wait times where you also expose yourself to more germs.

And, if you don’t have insurance, PlushCare offers an affordable flat fee of $99, making it easy and affordable for anyone to speak with a qualified doctor and get the treatment they need to feel better.

If a PlushCare doctor is unable to treat you online they will refer you to an in-person doctor and your appointment will be totally free.

Sick and Need to See a Doctor?

If you’re sick and need to see a doctor, book an appointment to see a doctor as soon as today without having to leave your home. Our doctors are available to speak with you about your health concerns to help treat your condition and get you feeling better fast.

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