Is Urgent Care More Expensive?
With the emergence of urgent care clinics, consumers now have another option when it comes to receiving medical treatment. Often an illness arises during times when a person’s doctor is not available, such as at night or on weekends, and this is when urgent care clinics can help.
But many people are confused about the services urgent care offers, and even more confused about how much those services cost compared to their primary care physician.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the differences and similarities between primary care and urgent care, then break down
costs of each.
What Is Primary Care?
Primary care is generally your first line of defense against common illnesses. With your primary care physician, you and your family can take preventative measures to ensure you stay as healthy as possible. You can also receive treatment for minor injuries such as muscle sprains, bone breaks, and minor cuts and burns.
Should you require specialty care, your primary care provider (PCP) can make necessary referrals and coordinate care and, in general, can be your guide in managing your overall health and tracking your medical history.
Were we to list the services provided by PCPs, they would include: