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October May be Full of Scary Things but Your Healthcare Bill Shouldn’t be One of Them!

If your condition isn’t an emergency, the difference between care at an emergency room and care at an urgent care may be the difference between hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  Read on to find out which conditions require emergency treatment and which do not.

Sometimes it’s difficult to decide whether a condition needs emergency room treatment or not.  Next Level Urgent Care makes the decision easy by making any visits that result in a referral to an emergency room absolutely free.

Medical debt is becoming a prominent issue in today’s society, and part of the reason for that is the lack of knowledge people have about where to go to get cost-friendly, effective treatment for their medical conditions.  An article on Debt.org summarizes the issue well by highlighting the difference between emergency rooms and urgent care centers, two options patients have for medical care after-hours and on weekends.

Emergency rooms are for emergency conditions such as stroke, heart attack, or severe burns, whereas urgent cares are for non-emergency conditions such as fever, flu symptoms, allergic reactions, minor cuts, animal bites, or broken bones.

Not only will your wait time be greatly reduced in an urgent care center but also medical care cost will be reduced.  As illustrated in the graph above, ER bills come out 3-5 times higher than those of urgent cares for the same treatment.  Despite this, it is estimated that nearly one-half of all emergency room visits could have been treated at urgent care clinics.

Avoid medical debt and choose Next Level Urgent Care for your acute care needs.  Next Level accepts all major insurances and will never charge over $250 for a visit, even if a patient has 3 broken bones and no insurance.  In addition, Next Level now offers bundle payment plans for those who want to prepay for 5 or 10 visits at a discounted rate.

Next time, Next Level.

 

For more information on the differences in services & costs of emergency rooms and urgent care centers, visit: https://www.debt.org/medical/emergency-room-urgent-care-costs/

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