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.
When should I go to an urgent care clinic instead of the ER?
The New York State Health Department also reported the top reasons for avoidable ER visits including asthma, UTI, skin infections, respiratory tract infections (Flu, cold), abdominal pain (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea), and allergic reactions.
“Unless it’s a true emergency, urgent care is generally a better use of a patient’s time and resources. Many of them are open seven days a week, have far shorter wait times than the ER, and costs less than a traditional hospital emergency room visit.” - said Thomas Spiegel, MD, MBA, MS, medical director of University of Chicago Medicine's emergency department.
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List of emergency rooms in Manhattan, NY
Lenox Health Greenwich Village
30 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Emergency Department at NYU Langone Health
570 First Ave, New York, NY 10016
Weill Cornell Medicine - Emergency Medicine
525 East 68th St, Room M130, New York, NY 10065
Bellevue Hospital Center: Emergency Room
462 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016
NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital Emergency Department
83 Gold St, New York, NY 10038
List of emergency rooms in Brooklyn, NY
Emergency Department at NYU Langone Health - Cobble Hill
83 Amity St, Corner of Amity and Hicks Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Emergency Department at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn
150 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
506 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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List of emergency rooms in Queens, NY
Mount Sinai Queens Emergency Room
3019 Crescent Street at, 30th Rd, 11102
Flushing Hospital Medical Center: Emergency Room
4500 Parsons Blvd, Flushing, NY 11355
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens: Emergency Room
82-68 164th St, Jamaica, NY 11432
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital
56-45 Main St, Queens, NY 11355