Patients are usually seen by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant in either 0-15 minutes or 15-45 minutes. Since no appointment is necessary wait time may vary.
Most insurance plans are accepted at urgent care centers; however, insurance is not required.
Cost of Care
The cost for treatment at an urgent care center is usually comparable to a primary care visit, and less than the emergency room. Charges vary according to individual insurance coverage.
What to Bring
- Driver's license or picture ID
- Insurance card
- Payment for insurance co-pay or if you intend to self-pay
Important Information to Share
- Current medications
- Past surgeries and medical conditions
Urgent care centers will refer you onto the emergency room if your condition is very serious, to a specialist for follow up if needed, and back to your regular physician for ongoing care. Centers can also refer you to a primary care doctor if you don't already have one.
Remember to get a copy of your treatment information (or ask to have it sent) for your primary care physician to help ensure your medical record is complete.