Tonawanda News — Still, it’s less than the cost of an emergency visit the majority of the time, Michael Lillis said.
He said a most of their patients end up paying something between a doctor’s co-pay and emergency room fees. Though it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, he says most pay about $50 depending on insurance plans.
MASH Urgent Care offers a flat-fee payment plan, in which patients will pay to be evaluated and treated by a doctor — there are no extra fees for shots, stitches or X-rays, for example.
“If you have a choice between a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center, many times an urgent care center is more cost effective and is a better time-saver for you,” Snyder said. “If it’s a sore throat or an ear ache or a small cut, you probably will get your issue addressed in less time and at a lower cost both to you and to the health plan.”
Ultimately, know before you go. Call your doctor to make sure urgent care is right for you, and call your health insurance company to double check what you’ll be expected to pay out of pocket.MORE INFORMATION • Express Medical Care of WNY -- 876-4362 or visit www.expressmedicalcareofwny.com. • Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care of Western New York in Amherst -- Call 636-5437 or visit www.pedsurgentcare.com • MASH Urgent Care -- Call 701-6331 or visit www.mashurgentcare.com. • WNY Immediate Care -- Visit www.wnyimmediatecare.com to find contact details for the location nearest you. Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter at @DanielleHaynes1.