Urgent Care: Is It The Most Affordable Option?

Kacey Whitlock

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If you haven’t been to an urgent care clinic yet, you may be wondering if urgent care is the most affordable option. Here is some information about the costs of various types of healthcare. 

Urgent Care Costs

Urgent care costs will vary depending on whether or not you have insurance and how much your copay is. The copay for an urgent care visit is typically higher than a primary doctor visit but less than the copay for a trip to the emergency room.

According to Dr. Franz Ritucci, President of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, average urgent care visits range from $50 to $150. You may pay as little as your urgent care copay, although lab tests or x-rays may cost extra.

Urgent Care Alternatives:

Emergency room

Emergency rooms are typically attached to hospitals, although they occasionally masquerade as urgent care clinics. Emergency rooms are intended for emergency healthcare treatment. They handle issues that occur after hours (urgent care clinics are usually closed overnight), that are life-threatening, or people who can’t afford any other medical care since emergency rooms can’t turn people away due to a lack of ability to pay.

Emergency room costs

Care in an emergency room is the most expensive method of care. Reports vary, but the average trip to an emergency room costs anywhere from $1,233 to $2,168. That’s assuming you don’t need a ride in an ambulance or get admitted to the hospital, both of which will add to your total bill. Insurance copays typically cost $100-$200 or more, and there may be additional costs, especially if you haven’t met your deductible yet.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a rapidly-emerging form of healthcare where you can talk to a doctor and receive prescriptions through virtual appointments. You talk to a doctor on the phone or through a video chat, and they send prescriptions to your pharmacy.

When should you make a telemedicine appointment?

Telemedicine is ideal for conditions like:

  • Cough, cold, flu, fever
  • Bug bites
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Allergies
  • Pink eye
  • Sore throat
  • Constipation
  • Vaginitis
  • Ear infection
  • Headache
  • UTI

Telemedicine costs

On average, telemedicine appointment costs around $79. You may pay as little as your regular copay or up to $99 or more for a telemedicine appointment.

Bonum Health costs

Bonum Health is a very affordable telemedicine option. For only $99 per year or $14.95 per month, you get unlimited 24/7 access to doctors for a variety of health ailments. There is no additional consultation fee, and insurance isn’t required for this great price.  

Make an appointment now

Sign up for Bonum Health here and have peace of mind that you can access a doctor any time you need one. You can also fill out a “contact us” form here, email us at [email protected], or call us at either 813-336-2670 or 888-780-8422 (toll-free).

Instantly access doctors online

Consult board-certified doctors face-to-face online for as little as $99 per year

Primary doctor

Your primary doctor monitors your overall health and should be the first place you try to go for non-emergency medical care. Your primary doctor can handle wellness visits, diagnostic tests, long-term health conditions, and referrals to specialists.

Primary doctor costs

Insurance copays are usually the cheapest for visits with your primary doctor. Costs will vary, but average primary doctor costs may range from $48 to $152.

Retail clinic

Retail clinics are starting to pop up at pharmacies and places like Target, where you can walk in and get care for minor health problems. Retail clinics are typically staffed by nurse practitioners rather than doctors and don’t generally offer testing like x-rays on site.

Retail clinic costs

Retail clinics generally accept insurance, cash, or credit cards. Retail clinic costs may range from $45 to $129.

Make an appointment now

Sign up for Bonum Health here and have peace of mind that you can access a doctor any time you need one. You can also fill out a “contact us” form here, email us at [email protected], or call us at either 813-336-2670 or 888-780-8422 (toll-free).

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