Minor illnesses, such as sore throats, upper respiratory symptoms and flu-like symptoms, as well as basic broken bones or cuts can be treated at an urgent care center, said Dr. Robert Hitchcock, executive vice president for Dallas-based T-System. Hitchock said health care consumers will likely have an average copay of $25-$50, depending on their insurance coverage.
Retail clinics such as H-E-B RediClinics and CVS MinuteClinics can also treat minor illnesses with similar copays, Hitchcock said.
Freestanding emergency rooms can have higher copays of around $100-$500 in addition to facility fees and operating fees, Hitchcock said. However, they offer equipment and physicians on-site 24/7 that are not typically found at urgent cares or retail clinics. They can treat open fractures, neck injuries, chest pains, stroke symptoms and other more serious ailments.