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Some patients prefer to use walk-in clinics for minor medical problems.
Walk-in Clinics, also called Convenience Clinics, are typically staffed with Nurse Practitioners instead of physicians. Generally, nurse practitioners are well trained to treat minor medical problems and are able to write prescriptions.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to using walk-in clinics:
Walk-in clinics tend to have equal or lower costs than physicians' offices. They are often open 7 days/week, have extended hours, do not require an appointment and have short waiting times. Most walk-in clinics will not charge you for the visit if they can't treat your problem and will refer you to a physician. Walk-in clinics are not a good choice if you have a complicated medical problem or need a physician evaluation.
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
For more information about the Fair Price, click here.
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