Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

Every year in the US, millions of Americans spend their valuable time and money in the emergency room when they could be seen in urgent care instead*

Whether you’re insured or paying out-of-pocket, it’s important to choose Primary Health Urgent Care instead of the emergency room for non-life-threatening conditions. 

Urgent care is faster. Our average visit is 44 minutes from check-in to check-out, and you receive the same level of care as the emergency room for non-life-threatening conditions. By comparison, the average emergency room visit in Idaho takes nearly 2 ½ hours**.

Urgent care costs less. You’ll pay about 75% less*** in urgent care compared to the emergency room, and that could mean hundreds of dollars saved on your next sore throat or sprained ankle!

Choose Urgent Care for:

  • Cough, cold and sore throat
  • Fever and flu symptoms
  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Sprains and broken bones requiring x-ray
  • Earaches and infections
  • Foreign object removal
  • Mild abdominal pain
  • Animal bites
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sports injuries

Choose the ER for:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Severe bleeding
  • Major trauma
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Any other life-threatening condition

*https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/emergency-department.htm

**For patients who are not admitted. https://projects.propublica.org/emergency/hospital/130006

***https://www.debt.org/medical/emergency-room-urgent-care-costs/