Urgent Care Center or ER?

Is it Urgent or an Emergency?

First things first, if your situation is life threatening, go to a hospital emergency room. Life threatening situations include chest pain and sudden and severe pain.

The good news is the medical situations most people face every day are not life threatening. And while sprains, strains, minor breaks, cuts, common colds and more are no fun they are all treatable at ExperCARE Urgent Care. The even better news is that by choosing Urgent Care over an ER you’re going to save time and money.

The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends you visit an Urgent Care center for professional medical care, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Minor broken bones
  • Mild Asthma Attacks
  • Minor infections
  • Small Cuts
  • Sore Throats
  • Rashes
  • Minor burns
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pelvic infections

When you do choose Urgent Care over an emergency room, you will also avoid the wait times so often associated with an ER. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, emergency department wait times continue to increase, with the average wait time to see a physician more than double the recommended time in some cases.

Average Wait time: ER vs. Urgent Care Center

Not only will you save time but money as well. In a story published on Health.com, it’s reported that those who utilize Urgent Care services pay one-third to one-half the cost of those who visit an emergency room.

Average cost of Services: ER vs. Urgent Care Center


TreatmentER cost*UC cost
Bronchitis (acute)$595$127
Sore Throat$525$94
Pink Eye$370$102
Strep Throat$531$111
Upper Respiratory Infections$486$111
Urinary Tract Infections$665$110

* Estimates determined by calculating the average allowed amount on claims submitted. All costs represent a single visit. These are estimates and do not include costs for medications or follow-up services. We invite you to ask us about service costs specific to care provided by ExperCARE.

At ExperCARE Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill and Savannah we look forward to helping you save time, save money and get well – faster – with our professional medical care close to home.