Can I Go to Urgent Care Without Insurance? Here’s What You Should Know
If you or are loved one is faced with the anxiety-filled question, “Can I go to urgent care without insurance?” the short answer is yes.
Don’t let the cost of care stop you from being seen if you or someone you know need urgent medical attention now.
While there is a cost associated with an urgent care visit, or any medical visit for that matter, there are various ways to pay for your treatment over time if you do not have medical insurance.
First and foremost, at State Urgent Care, we encourage you to seek treatment right away if you are experiencing a pressing or life-threatening medical issue. Your health is what’s most important. Please don’t skimp on your care over financial concerns.
Read on to learn more about urgent care treatment without insurance.
Will I Be Treated for My Urgent Medical Issue Without Insurance?
Yes, medical insurance, or lack thereof, does not dictate your care plan when visiting an urgent care facility.
Our main goal is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible no matter what medical concern you’re faced with. Don’t delay treatment.
How Much Does Urgent Care Cost?
The cost of urgent care depends on various factors, including diagnosis, treatment, and the short- and long-term care required.
When examining medical costs without insurance coverage, there are three main factors to consider:
1. Test and x-rays were performed
If you require an x-ray, blood test, viral test, EKG, or any other specialty test or imaging to confirm your diagnosis, the cost will be your responsibility. However, it is essential to note that these services will be much less expensive than going to a hospital emergency room.
2. Medications and injections were provided
If you do not have medical insurance, the total cost of medications and injections provided will be your responsibility. Therefore, it is always best to inform the provider that you do not have insurance when being seen. This way, you’ll be prescribed generic medication at a lower cost.
3. Cast and splints were given for short- or long-term use
If you’ve sprained or broken a bone, a cast or splint may be required for proper healing and protection until you can see your primary care provider or orthopedic surgeon. The person receiving casting treatment for the affected bone(s) is responsible for the cost of treating the bones.
Does Urgent Care Bill You Later Without Insurance?
The short answer is yes. No upfront cost is typically required of the patient.
Our priority is to treat the medical issue you are facing. After services are rendered, you will receive a medical bill with a total cost breakdown.
Each patient’s case is unique, so no set cost can be provided before treatment.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room Instead?
The option to seek medical care at an emergency room instead of an urgent care facility is entirely up to you.
Generally speaking, if you have an injury or illness that requires same-day medical treatment and is not considered “life-threatening,” urgent care is most likely a better choice.
It is best to visit an urgent care facility over an emergency room for
- Colds, flu, or fever
- Ear infections
- Bladder infections
- Cuts, bruises, or burns
- Strains, sprains, or fractures
Emergency services are recommended for
- Sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Loss of consciousness
Emergency rooms should be reserved for severe or life-threatening medical conditions that need immediate attention.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency requiring immediate attention, call 9-1-1.
Get the Treatment You Need Now — No Insurance Needed
At State Urgent Care, we know that navigating healthcare without insurance can be challenging and stressful.
We don’t want you to neglect your health over the worry of not having health insurance, especially if you are experiencing an urgent medical matter that needs immediate attention.
Stop in today to get the care you need now. You don’t need to call or make an appointment. We are open daily, and walk-ins are always welcome.