Know Before You Go - Options for Care

Being familiar with your options will help you locate the most appropriate and cost-effective medical care. Keep in mind you will almost always pay more for services rendered in a hospital setting (like the emergency room), so consider using high-quality and convenient non-hospital facilities including convenience care centers (such as CVS MinuteClinic or Walgreens Healthcare Clinic) or urgent care centers (including Patient First or ExpressCare).

The chart below shows how costs* may vary for a sample health plan depending on where you choose to get care.

Remember, it's your health, your money, your decision.

When Your PCP Isn’t Available Sample Cost*Sample SymptomsAvailable 24/7Prescriptions
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$20
  • Cough, cold and flu
  • Pink eye
  • Ear infection
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Convenience Care
(e.g., CVS MinuteClinic or Walgreens Healthcare Clinic)
$20
  • Cough, cold and flu
  • Pink eye
  • Ear infection
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Urgent Care
(e.g., Patient First or ExpressCare)
$60
  • Sprains
  • Cut requiring stitches
  • Minor burns
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Emergency Room $200
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
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* The costs in this chart are for illustrative purposes only and may not represent your specific benefits or costs.


NOTE: The information provided herein regarding various care options is meant to be helpful when you are seeking care and is not intended as medical advice. Only a medical provider can offer medical advice. The choice of provider or place to seek medical treatment belongs entirely to you.