New Jersey Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics

New Jersey Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics

A recent project conducted by three major healthcare institutions found that one in three people who go to the emergency room in New Jersey do not actually need emergency services. Considering that overcrowded emergency rooms make it difficult for critical cases to get the care they need, and that they cost the state about $400 million in indigent care costs, it makes sense for patients to learn about alternative resources.

Further exacerbating this cost issue is that 89 percent of people who visit New Jersey emergency rooms for non-emergent healthcare needs do not have insurance or apply Medicaid coverage.

Urgent Care in New Jersey

By visiting an New Jersey urgent care center, most of these people could have saved money without compromising their medical services. More than 50 percent of urgent care centers in the United States are owned by physician groups that, for a variety of reasons, are able to charge lower prices to cash-paying patients than those owned by hospitals. Regardless of ownership, urgent care copays for insured patients generally range from $35-75 per visit.

Walk-in Clinics in New Jersey

Between 2007 and 2011, 9.4 percent of New Jersey's population lived below the poverty level. It's important for these people to spend every dollar wisely. If the out of pocket expense of an emergency room is too much, retail clinics staffed with nurse practitioners or physician assistants may be a good, lower cost option. To note, however, retail clinics do not generally offer x-ray or other diagnostic services provided by urgent care clinics and required in treating more advanced issues like broken bones and sever lacerations.

If money is really tight, there are number of free community health clinics in New Jersey to consider for your non-emergent and preventative healthcare needs.

New Jersey Walk-In Clinics Facts and Stats

  • 195
    Walk-in clinics in New Jersey
  • 36
    Retail clinics in New Jersey
  • 116
    Urgent care clinics in New Jersey
  • 6
    Pediatric Urgent Care Clinics in New Jersey
  • 72%
    Walk-in clinics open 7 days a week in New Jersey

* Stats are based on the data within the Urgent Care Locations database, and do not reference outside sources.

New Jersey Cities with Urgent Care Centers and Walk-in Clinics