We are offering free influenza vaccinations for ages 4 year old and up for those without insurance.
You are not alone… more and more Americans are being forced to accept health insurance plans with incredibly high deductibles or drop their health insurance coverage altogether.
Millions of people of all ages in the United States either don’t have health insurance or have insurance that doesn’t help them when they have an acute illness.
If fact, 28.8 million (9.0%) persons of all ages were uninsured according to the 2017 National Health Interview Survey.
Also, health insurance companies have dramatically raised deductibles to record levels.
Patients who need after-hours medical care want to use their insurance to pay for the visit, but with deductibles as high as nearly $10,000 in some cases, people don’t realize that they essentially don’t have any non-emergency coverage.
As people realize that using health insurance is not an option and using a hospital-based clinic or an ER is dangerously expensive, more and more people are turning to local and more affordable options.
Your local urgent care is a more affordable alternative to hospital emergency rooms or hospital-based primary care doctor’s offices. But, if you need to go to urgent care, it’s a good idea to know how much you’ll be expected to pay ahead of time.
What is the cost of an urgent care visit?
Short answer - it depends. More complex problems cost more than simple fixes. Average prices for urgent care in the Lower 48 range from $70-$120 In Alaska, expect to pay more.
What if I don’t have health insurance?
Without health insurance, your local urgent care is a much better choice for minor, acute issues. You will pay four to five times more in the ER than an urgent care. Many people go to the ER because they know they’ll have to be treated, even without insurance. They may not realize that urgent care centers will also treat you without insurance and many will offer payment plans if you can’t pay upfront.
What can I do to save money if I use an urgent care?
Thankfully, since so many people are dealing with high deductibles and a lack of insurance, a few urgent care centers are helping people afford health care by:
• Posting rates. (Look up rates online before you go)
• Offering discounts. (Ask about discounted/cash/self-pay rates)
• Offering payment plans. (Ask about any payment plans)
• Offering pharmacy discount cards. (Try GoodRx.com)
• Prescribing generic prescriptions.
We are open 9 AM – 9 PM Monday – Saturday. Sunday hours are 5 PM – 9 PM to meet the needs of our community. Currently we have comprehensive laboratory services through LabCorp. Soon we will have our X-Ray up and running. We can do “BasicMed” FAA Physicals as well as sports, school and Head Start physicals.
Dr. Rick Kunz has the local dental office in the office next to us – Mountain View Family Dentistry.
The ice cream shop right next to us on the other side, Alaska Supreme Ice Cream, serves “the best ice cream in the state” according to a local expert.
The Shell Gas station just down the street offered free Thanksgiving meals.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Monday - Saturday. Sunday hours: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Open 360 days of the year. Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.