When should I go to an emergency department?
Even though almost all health conditions can be stabilized and further treated in emergency department settings, not all health conditions need emergency medical attention because of the significantly higher cost and longer wait time. Sometimes, going to an urgent care clinic is a better, cheaper, and quicker option.
According to the New York State Health Connector data, based on 6,771,307 emergency department visits recorded in 2018, over half (56.5%) were either treatable in a primary care setting, non-emergent, or emergent but avoidable.
According to United Health research, an ED visit costs on average $2100 while an urgent care visit costs on average $180. Our own research found a wide range of cost variability for both care settings. For example, an urgent care visit can cost as low as $100 or $500 within the same zip code.
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