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How Much a Visit to CityMD Urgent Care Costs

Khang T. Vuong, MHA12 Jul 2021

CityMD is a full-service urgent care center with 135 clinics throughout New York and New Jersey. CityMD typically charges a $200 visit fee for patients without insurance. This covers office visits and minor procedures such as rapid flu or strep test. CityMD also accepts insurance plans, which can be found below.

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Services Offered at CityMD Locations

CityMD is a full-service urgent care center, which means the facility can take care of a wide range of health conditions.

Some conditions that CityMD treat include:

  • Injuries and illnesses
  • Rapid lab tests
  • Women needs
  • Vaccinations
  • Pediatric care
  • On-the-job injuries
  • X-rays
  • Virtual care

CityMD also has an Aftercare program that offers patients the ability to relay medical information back to their primary care provider, assisting with specialist appointments, and generating work notes.

The Cost for a Visit to CityMD

There is a $200 office visit fee which will cover your urgent care visit as well as minor procedures such as rapid flu or strep test. However, additional charges may occur when receiving additional services such as x-rays, lab work, and COVID-19 testing.

X-rays

If you get an x-ray done at the clinic, you can expect an additional charge of $100-$200, on top of your initial visit charge.

Lab Testing

CityMD doesn’t complete any lab work in-house and actually uses a separate vendor who will process your labs and bill you for the work. This means that you’ll likely get a bill after your visit if you end up getting any lab work done. In the case where your doctor decides that you need more comprehensive lab work (such as an STD test or health panel), you can expect to be billed between $200-$600 from the external lab vendor. 

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You should ask about any potential costs associated with the additional work that is recommended to you so that you know what you’ll be getting billed for, and from whom the bill will come. 

COVID-19 Testing

According to CityMD’s website, the urgent care center is currently offering swab tests, antibody tests, and rapid COVID-19 testing at no cost for those with any of the insurance plans that they accept. Additionally, for uninsured patients, the cost of the test will be covered under the CARES act. 

Our independent research, however, found that there were patients who got billed a few hundred dollars going to CityMD after being tested for COVID-19. While the COVID test could be free, if you get a flu or strep test, that would be billed separately. Just make sure you know what tests you’re receiving and what you’ll be billed for in addition to your visit cost before you agree to the tests or leave the facility. You certainly don’t want a surprise bill showing up a few weeks later!

Insurance Plan Coverage at CityMD 

CityMD will accept most Commercial, Managed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and exchange insurance plans. If you can't find your insurance on their list, you can contact your local CityMD urgent care center to see if that location will accept your coverage plan. Most popular plans are taken so it should be fairly straightforward to schedule an appointment with the confidence that your visit will be covered. 

CityMD accepts the following insurance plans:

  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MVP Health Care
  • Oscar Health
  • United Healthcare

For a full list of insurance plans that CityMD accepts, please visit their insurance page.

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Other Insurance Options 

One way of accessing urgent care visits is to visit community health clinics or apply for Medicaid (a free government-sponsored health plan program). If your income is less than $20,000-$35,000 a year, you can get subsidized care at community health clinics or you also may be qualified for Medicaid.

Another option is to find alternative health coverage. Regardless of what you make financially or whether you have insurance, getting a Mira membership can cap your visit copay at $99, regardless of the services performed. If you need bloodwork or an STD test, you can skip the line and use Mira’s same-day testing service. 

Alternatives to CityMD

A CityMD visit can be costly, especially if you don’t have insurance. There are other urgent cares in the area if you’re struggling with the costs or if your health coverage won’t cap the costs of your visit to CityMD. 

Some alternative urgent care options include:

  • ProHealth Circle Urgent Care: Charges $135 for a complete office visit. This cost may include additional tests as well.
  • GoHealth Urgent Care: At GoHealth Urgent Care, it’s $120 for a visit.
  • CareNow: Has an out-of-pocket cost of $154 for an office visit. Additional testing is not included in this price.
  • Concentra: Charges patients $181 for an office visit.

Bottom Line

A visit to CityMD is going to cost you at least $200 if you don’t have insurance or other health coverage. Remember that you’ll want to be super clear on what you’re getting billed for before you leave the facility and make sure you know what you’ll be charged before agreeing to extra tests.