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.

More Affordable

The ER is generally 3x more expensive than Urgent Care. An average visit to urgent care runs $125-$265.

Short Wait Times

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.

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Urgent Care vs.
Emergency Room

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Emergency Room

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

*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.


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Minor Fractures

Burns & Scrapes Icon

Bumps, Cuts, and Scrapes

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Objects in Eyes Icon

Foreign objects in eyes or nose

Sprains & Strains Icon

Sprains & Strains

Minor Burns Icon

Minor Burns


Nausea Icon

Nausea, Vomiting & Diarrhea

Asthma Icon

Mild Asthma

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Seasonal Allergies

Sinus Pain Icon

Ear or Sinus Pain

Cold Icon

Cold or Flu Symptoms

Sore Throat Icon

Cough, Sore or Strep Throat


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Lab Services

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Flu Shots

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Workers Compensation

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