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Are urgent care fees higher than a hospital ER?

A patient’s out-of-pocket costs are typically substantially higher to be seen in the emergency department. Savings at an urgent care center are available due to more appropriate services and staffing for non-emergency medical needs. The expense of a hospital emergency department visit is higher due to highly specialized staff and much more diagnostic and treatment equipment.

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