When to use the emergency room - adult

Whenever an illness or injury occurs, you need to decide how serious it is and how soon to get medical care. This will help you choose whether it is best to:

  • Call your health care provider
  • Go to an urgent care clinic
  • Go to an emergency department right away

It pays to think about the right place to go. Treatment in an emergency department can cost 2 to 3 times more than the same care in your provider's office. In addition, your health insurance may require you to pay a higher copayment for care in an emergency department. Think about this and the other issues listed below when deciding.

Signs of an Emergency

When to go to an Urgent Care Clinic

If you are not Sure, Talk to Someone

Prepare now