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How Much Does An EKG Cost At Urgent Care?

Mira Research Team22 Jan 2021

Quick Digest

  • An EKG or ECG (electrocardiogram) records the electrical signal from your heart to check for different heart conditions. EKGs are typically available at urgent care centers.
  • If you do not have insurance, the average cost of an EKG at urgent care is just about $209, including the doctor's visit. If you have insurance, the cost will depend on your co-pay. Ostensibly, the cost you will pay is highly variable and depends on your insurance status, whether or not you receive additional tests, and other administrative fees.
  • This article aims to help you understand the price you might have to pay for an EKG at urgent care and how to get the lowest cost.

The cost of an EKG at urgent care depends on several factors.

To determine the price of EKG at an urgent care location, we conducted primary research through the top urgent care centers and found the average price in the United States was $209. Some urgent care centers did not offer EKG service.

There may be several costs associated with an EKG:

  1. The doctor’s visit.
  2. The cost of the procedure itself.
  3. The cost of the analysis of the readout.

How much does an EKG cost at urgent care? Just about $209

Below is a chart with a price breakdown of out-of-pocket costs an EKG may incur at Concentra, MedExpress, American Family Care, US HealthWorks, NextCare, FastMed, Patient First, CityMD, CareNow, and GoHealth Urgent Care. 

*Please note prices may vary depending on where you are located, what kind of insurance you have, and additional fees.

Urgent CareOut-of-pocket Cost
ConcentraDoes not offer EKG
MedExpress/ Riverside Urgent Care$189 and includes office visit and EKG
American Family Care$125 office visit, $90 EKG- $215 total
ProHEALTH Urgent Care$115 for the office visit, $60 EKG- $175 total
ExpressCare Urgent CareNA
MD Now Urgent CareNA
Patient First$299 for office visit and EKG
CityMD Urgent Care$200 office visit & EKG cost- however, lab results would inquire separate charges
CareNow$150 office visit, $34 EKG; $184 total
GoHealth Urgent Care$120 for the office visit, $50 for the EKG; $170 total

Herein, it is important to note that some persons can expect to pay more than $209 — especially if they are uninsured. 

If you have health insurance, your insurance may cover some fees but you'd still need to be aware of what they do not cover as well as co-pays. 

Namely, in addition to the cost of the EKG, the physician may deem it necessary to conduct other tests that rule out other diseases and prognoses. The cost of such tests and lab work may exceed the price of an EKG and office visit alone. 

Outlined below are several factors that may affect your out of pocket cost:

  • Insurance status (insured vs. uninsured)
  • Type of Insurance
  • Additional Tests
  • Administrative Fees
  • Medicine / Prescription Drugs

What is an EKG? 

An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG or EKG, is a test that analyzes your heart’s electrical activity.  This test is done to monitor your heart’s health and detect any complications. 

Getting an EKG is a safe and painless procedure. The test is done by sticking electrodes on your chest, legs, and arms. You will likely be asked to lie down on your back for the duration of the procedure, which should only last a few minutes. 

When should you get an EKG done? 

Many people get EKGs done at routine appointments with their primary care physicians. If you are in good health and do not have any risk factors of heart disease your provider may not deem it necessary to get an EKG. It is important to make your provider aware of your current medications, symptoms, and medical history in order to help them determine if it is necessary to get an EKG. 

Below are some instances where your provider may suggest getting an EKG: 

  • If you are experiencing chest pain
  • If you are experiencing other symptoms such as extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, or dizziness
  • To test how a pacemaker is working
  • To test if heart medications are working
  • If you have an enlarged heart, high blood pressure, or other risk factors for heart disease
  • If you have a family history of heart disease

Your provider may want to run an EKG for additional reasons as well. 

What can I do to avoid high costs? 

Seeking help from urgent care can be expensive and non-transparent. 

There are several options that can help you reduce your out-of-pocket cost —  especially if you do not have insurance or your insurance has high deductibles. 

With Mira, your $99 co-pay will cover your entire urgent care visit. 

It is important to advocate for yourself and understand the factors that affect the potential cost. Outlined below are several questions you can ask to help advocate for yourself.

  • How much will the EKG cost?
  • Will I need to receive additional tests?
  • How much will prescription medicine cost?
  • Is there an office visit fee?
  • What other administrative fees can I expect?
  • Are there alternatives to acquiring an EKG?

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ekg/about/pac-20384983

https://www.cardio.com/blog/what-is-an-ekg-and-when-should-you-have-one

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/electrocardiogram

https://www.patientfirst.com/insurance-self-pay/virginia-self-pay

https://health.costhelper.com/ecg.html

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