Should you go to the ER?

Hospital emergency rooms (ERs) are staffed to focus on medical emergencies.
ERs are not staffed to focus on minor injuries, illness or routine health care. If you go to the ER for a problem that is not an emergency:

  • You may spend a lot more time in the ER than you would at a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or urgent care facility.
  • It will cost more than it would at another facility.
Typical Cost
Doctor’s Office $
Retail Health Clinic $
Urgent Care Facility $$
Emergency Room $$$$

Know your ER alternatives before you need them!
Talk with your provider. Find out if he or she has extended hours and ask for recommendations for an ER alternative located near you and your family. Planning ahead and deciding where to go can save you money and time.