Choosing The Right Service

Not all illnesses or injuries are the same, nor are all health care facilities. Look below to see which type of service is right for you, and pick a provider where you can get the right care for the right cost.

After Hours Primary Care

Visiting a primary care provider requires a scheduled visit, and should be used for routine preventative and medical care. You may want to schedule a visit at a primary care office for:

  • Annual checkups and regular medical screenings
  • Ailments treated may include cold and flu symptoms, allergies, rashes and other mild conditions
  • Updated vaccinations
  • Prescription consultations

$30

Average member
costs of an office visit

$1,300

Average member
costs of an ER visit

Urgent Care

Urgent care centers are for treating unanticipated health issues. Often, people choose urgent care centers when the symptoms they are experiencing will not allow them to wait for an appointment at a primary care center. Treatments may include:

  • Minor bodily injuries like fractures, cuts, bites or anything else possibly need an x-ray or stitches
  • Pink eye, ear infections or other local infections
  • No appointment is needed but wait time can vary significantly
  • Urgent care centers can be more expensive than a primary care center

$58

Average member costs
of an urgent care visit

$1,300

Average member
costs of an ER visit

Imaging Centers

Imaging centers can be used determine the cause of alarming symptoms already being experienced or as a form of preventative medicine. Often, people are sent to imaging centers by referral of their primary care physician

  • Breast Cancer services including: biopsies ultrasounds and mammograms
  • General radiology including X-Rays and CT scans
  • Ultra sounds
  • Chest X-rays

$703

Average cost of MRI
of an imaging center

$2,798

Average cost of MRI
at a hospital

Endoscopy

  • Endoscopy centers can be used for providing diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopies and screening for GI disease, along with many other tests to check gastrointestinal health
  • An endoscopy is a nonsurgical way to examine a patient’s digestive track using a small camera inside the digestive track
  • Endoscopies may be recommended when experiencing chronic heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers, or other stomach-related issues
  • Often, people are sent to endoscopy centers by referral of their primary care physician

$1,300

Average cost of a diagnostic
colonoscopy at an endoscopy center

$4,000

Average cost of a diagnostic
colonoscopy at a hospital

Surgical Centers

  • Surgical centers provide both outpatient and impatient surgical procedures
  • It’s important for patients to know they may have options to receive surgery outside of a hospital setting
  • Some surgeries at these centers can be provided same-day, and centers can also offer diagnostic or preventative procedures
  • Surgical centers are less expensive and smaller than hospital settings

$2,700

Average cost of surgery
at a surgical center

$12,800

Average cost of outpatient
surgery at a hospital