The last thing you want to think about during a medical crisis is how much that medical bill is going to cost. And the reality is that most people don’t. Think about it; if you or a loved one were in the hospital wouldn’t you do whatever you could to keep yourself or a loved one alive no matter how much it cost? Unfortunately medical services come at a pretty steep price and sometimes your insurance may not cover all the costs. So what should you do? Below are some emergency room alternatives (recommended by Blue Cross Blue Shield) that generally take less time than the traditional ER and cost about the same as a normal doctor visit:
- Retail Health Clinics
- Walk-in doctor’s Office
- Urgent Care Centers
- Infusion Centers (if available)
Remember the best rule of thumb is call 911 or go to the emergency room if you think you could put your health at serious risk by not seeking immediate care. However, if saving money when receiving medical attention is a concern to you remember-you have options. Talk with your primary care physician or any medical professional about these emergency room alternatives.