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After Hours Care

It is important for you to understand your options before you need care - so you can get the right care, at the right time, for the right cost.

Please Note: If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

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Potential Savings

Convenience and urgent care center costs are significantly less than emergency room visits.

We’ve compiled estimated cost comparisons for treatment of some of the most common ailments.

Urgent Care
Care Center
Acute Bronchitis $795 $123 $69 85%-91%
Acute Pharyngitis (Sore Throat) $593 $94 $74 84%-87%
Acute Sinusitis $589 $105 $67 82%-89%
Acute Upper Respiratory Infections $576 $113 $68 80%-88%
Conjunctivitis $390 $101 $56 74%-86%
Cough $681 $93 $66 86%-90%
Influenza $804 $128 $83 84%-90%
Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) $467 $94 $69 80%-85%
Streptococcal Sore Throat $678 $112 $76 84%-89%
Urinary Tract Infection $940 $108 $55 88%-94%
This information represents a sample of conditions commonly treated in all three settings and includes all patients with these diagnoses, but does not take into account the severity of their illness. Costs are based on average CareFirst member's costs in 2013 and may not represent your patient's actual cost of care for the same services.
When and Where to Go

The information below also may be used as a guide to help you decide where and when to go for care. You can also download this printable Guide to After Hours Care.

Unless you are having a medical emergency, always contact your doctor first for advice. Many doctors offer phone access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if you’re only able to reach the provider on-call, they may be able to see you in the office or direct you to a convenience or urgent care facility.

Care Center
Urgent Care
Major Illness or Injury (Broken Bones, Burns, Bleeding) x
Chest Pain, Shortness of Breath, and Other Symptoms of Heart Attack or Stroke x
Significant, Uncontrolled Bleeding x
No Pulse x
Spinal Cord or Back Injury x
Labor x
Poisoning x
Minor Fracture x x
Animal Bites x x
X-Rays x x
Stitches x x
Back Pain x x
Sprains and Strains x x
Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea x x
Mild Asthma x x
Minor Headache x x
Foreign Object in Eye or Nose x x
Blood Work x x
Allergies x x
Bumps, Cuts and Scrapes x x x
Rash and Minor Burns x x x
Fevers x x x
Ear or Sinus Pain x x x
Eye Irritation, Swelling, Pain x x x
Vaccinations x x x
Minor Allergic Reaction x x x
Coughs and Sore Throat x x x
Cold or Flu Symptoms x x x

How to Find an Urgent Care Near You

For a complete listing of Urgent Care Centers, visit our Provider Directory, select your health plan and click continue. Next you will need to enter a zip code or city/state and select Urgent Care under Search by Type of Provider or Facility, and click continue.

You also can download our free mobile app, which allows you to find a doctor or urgent care center anytime, anywhere. Visit our mobile app page for more details on how this app can help you.

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