How to Save Money on ER Visit

The following Everyday Savings Tip comes from, Kathy:

My daughter became sick last Friday evening and our doctor's office is closed on the weekend leaving us no choice it seemed than to visit the emergency room. Then I remembered the Little Clinic at our Kroger here.

We made the visit there early on Saturday morning and she was seen within 20 minutes of arrival.  They were able to do tests, diagnose her and send the RX to the pharmacy for pickup.

We saved over $80 on our co-pay than if we visited the ER. And because we were at Kroger, we earned fuel points for the RX. The best part was she felt better by Sunday afternoon. If there is no Kroger Little Clinic in your area, both Walgreens and CVS have something similar available. Certainly worth checking into.

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on November 08, 2012


  • Amy Feldman - November 09, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    !!!PLEASE READ!!
    While I am glad you had a good experience , I urge everyone to take caution in visiting these clinics and adult urgent cares with children. I work at Cincinnati children’s hospital as a nurse in the urgent care center/ER. I cannot count the number of times they incorrectly diagnose children as well as prescribe medications that are not recommended for children. It is very common and very disappointing
    For those that don’t know , we have 3 urgent care centers in town (Anderson mason Fairfield) and we are lower copay, and are staffed by the same doctors that staff the emergency room
    Maybe not always 20 minutes but well worth it to have your child given the correct care.

    Andrea , not sure how many readers you have , but is consider removing this posting all together
    I’m passionate about children and would hate for someone to go and get incorrectly diagnosed due to this post
    In my experience , these clinics are decent for adults, just not kids.

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea - November 09, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Amy, thanks for the comment and feedback. I use Urgent Care or clinics like this if my kids have a sore throat or something less severe. I expect everyone to use good judgement.

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