month my husband was injured while playing basketball and his injury required him
to have a number of stitches. With our
family high-deductible health plan (HDHP), we realized that a visit to the hospital
emergency room was going to be a very expensive option. His
injury was serious enough to require a specialized doctor, but definitely not a life
threatening situation that required a
trip to the emergency room.
Almost ten years ago my daughter went to the hospital
emergency room after her arm went through a glass door. Seven
stitches and five hours later we arrived back home. Two
weeks later a bill arrived from the hospital for $770. That
turns out to be around $100 a stitch. The
ER staff treated her wonderfully, but her injury seemed minor compared to some of
the other patients being treated in the ER. The
$770 bill was entirely out-of-pocket. After
that expensive experience I always planned to use an Urgent Care Center the next time
our family required urgent care treatment for a non-life threatening situation.
My husband’s recent experience at the Urgent Care Center
was very positive. He was treated immediately
by professionals and returned back home in 75 minutes with five carefully sewn stitches
on his lip. We just received the bill
which completely justifies why we chose the Urgent Care Center over the Hospital Emergency
Room. The next time you have a non-life threatening situation and are considering
going to the emergency room, I highly recommend you reconsider and check out a highly
recommended urgent care center in your area.
Here is how the services and fees break down for the
visit to the urgent care center.