Cost Savings Tips and Financial Considerations
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.
Fair Price Information
What does the Fair Price mean?
This is Healthcare Bluebook's recommended price for health care services. The Bluebook price is based on the typical fee that providers in your area accept as payment from insurance companies. This is the price you should have to pay, even if your provider charges more. You can use this price to negotiate with your provider or shop for an in-network provider that charges a Fair Price.
How do I find a Fair Price?
If you have health insurance, you should ask the in-network providers listed in your provider directory what the in-network rate is for this service. Different in-network providers often charge different prices. Call several providers to find one that is willing to accept a Fair Price.
If you do not have health insurance coverage, then you should call providers and ask if they offer discounts for self-pay patients and what their price is for the service.
See the How to Negotiate Healthcare Prices with Doctors and Hospitals section for additional information.
See the Healthcare Quality Resources section to make sure that you find high quality providers.