Urgent Care vs Energency Room

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: What’s the Difference?

Urgent care is where you go when you have a medical problem, not a medical emergency. At GoHealth Urgent Care, we offer a more convenient and affordable way to get help – and without the wait of an Emergency Room. Our experienced providers are equipped with the tools and technology needed to provide the highest quality care. Use the handy chart below to determine where you should go to get the help YOU need.



The ER is 3x more expensive than Urgent Care. An average visit to urgent care runs $71-$125.



Minutes in Urgent Care vs Hours in the ER. Spend 90% less time waiting at Urgent Care.


Our urgent care centers are in your neighborhood. Walk-ins are welcome, and centers are open every day with extended hours.

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

Chest pain or difficulty breathing
Call 911
Call 911
Flu, cold, and sore throats
Minor cuts and burns
Severe bleeding and burns
Sprain, strains, and fractures
Severe uncontrolled pain
Head injuries
Asthma and allergies
UTIs and STDs
Pediatrics (6 months +)*
Pregnancy complications

*Northwest - Legacy Health: 8 months +
*New York - Northwell Health: newborns +

What Exactly is Urgent Care?

The main difference between urgent care and emergency rooms is the severity of the health problem. If the condition is life-threatening, go to an emergency room. If the condition is a minor illness or injury, take advantage of the convenience and affordability your local GoHealth Urgent Care has to offer!

Urgent Care Services

These healthcare services, among many others, are available at most of our centers.