Vox (a general interest news site) has uncovered the truth about emergency room visits and your money. You probably know that there are big differences between charges at the ER and at urgent cares, but did you know that some urgent cares – especially hospital system ones- also charge a facility fee?
What is a facility fee? “Provider-based billing” allows hospitals and its outpatient clinics, including their hospital branded urgent cares, to bill separately for the facility as well as for physician services. You read that right - it’s a fee for just walking through the door and seeking service! This fee doesn’t include any care provided, you’ll be charged for that too!