How much does an ER visit cost?
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How much does an ER visit cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does an ER visit cost?

$1,500 – $3,000average cost without insurance (non-life-threatening condition)
$0 – $500average cost with insurance (after meeting deductible)

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$1,500 – $3,000 average cost without insurance (non-life-threatening condition)

$0 – $500 average cost with insurance (after meeting deductible)

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Average ER visit cost

An ER visit costs $1,500 to $3,000 on average without insurance, with most people spending about $2,100 for an urgent, non-life-threatening health issue. The cost of an emergency room visit depends on the severity of the condition and the tests, treatments, and medications needed to treat it.

Average ER visit cost - Chart
Average ER visit cost - Chart
Average ER visit cost
National Average Cost $2,100
Minimum Cost $500
Maximum Cost $20,000+
Average Range $1,500 to $3,000

Cost data is from research and project costs reported by BetterCare members.

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Emergency room visit cost with insurance

The cost of an ER visit for an insured patient varies according to the insurance plan and the nature and severity of their condition. Some plans cover a percentage of the total cost once you meet your deductible, while others charge an average co-pay of $50 to $500.

Cost of an ER visit without insurance

An ER visit costs $1,500 to $3,000 on average without insurance for non-life-threatening conditions. Costs can reach $20,000+ for critical conditions requiring extensive testing or emergency surgery. Essentially, the more severe your condition or issue, the more you are likely to pay for the ER visit.

Factors that impact ER visit costs

Many factors affect the cost of an ER visit, including:

  • Facility type – Freestanding emergency departments often cost 50% more than hospital-based emergency rooms.

  • Time of day – An ER visit at night typically costs more than the same type of visit during the day.

  • Level of care – The more severe your condition is, the more time and expertise it takes to diagnose and treat, and the higher the total ER visit cost.

  • Ambulance ride – An ambulance ride costs $500 to $1,300 on average, depending on whether you need basic or advanced life support during transport.

  • Medications – Oral medications, injections, or IVs needed during your stay all add the total cost of your ER visit.

  • Medical equipment & supplies Any other supplies used to diagnose and treat you—such as a cast for a broken bone or bandages and sutures to close an open wound—increase the cost.

  • TestingEach medical test is typically a separate charge. Tests may include urine tests, blood tests, X-rays, or other more advanced imaging tests.

  • Insurance coverage:

    • Out-of-pocket costs may be higher for those with high-deductible insurance plans.

    • While ER visit costs are generally higher for the uninsured, many hospitals offer discounts for self-pay patients.

The emergency room entrance at a hospital.
The emergency room entrance at a hospital.

ER facility fee by level

An ER facility fee ranges from $200 to $4,000, depending on the severity level of your symptoms and condition. The facility fee is the cost to walk in the door and be evaluated by a physician. Other services you may need, such as lab tests, imaging, and surgical procedures, are charged separately.

ER visit cost by level
Severity level Average facility fee Description
Level 1 $1,000 – $4,000
  • Life threatening
  • Immediate care necessary
Level 2 $800 – $2,000
  • Emergency
  • May become life threatening 
Level 3(most common) $600 – $1,200
  • Urgent
  • Not life threatening 
Level 4 $300 – $750
  • Semi-urgent
  • Not life threatening 
Level 5 $200 – $500
  • Not urgent
  • Treat when time allows

Common conditions and procedures

The table below shows the average ER visit cost for common ailments. Prices vary greatly depending on how much testing and expertise is required to accurately diagnose and treat you.

Common ER visit reasons and costs
Condition / treatment Average ER cost
Acute bronchitis $800 – $2,500
Allergic reactions $400 – $4,500
Sprains & strains $1,000 – $2,000
Sore throat $500 – $2,700
Open wound / stitches $500 – $1,500
Urinary tract infection (UTI) $1,200 – $3,000
Fracture $1,000 – $3,200
Low back pain $800 – $3,000
Chest pain $1,000 – $3,500
Broken bone needing surgery $10,000 – $20,000+

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Beds in a hospital emergency room.
Beds in a hospital emergency room.

Emergency room vs. urgent care

An ER visit costs $1,500 to $3,000, while the average urgent care visit costs $150 to $250 without insurance. Urgent care facilities can treat most non-life-threatening conditions and typically have less wait time than the ER. For more detail, check out our guide comparing the cost of an emergency room vs. urgent care.

FAQs about ER visit costs

Why are ER visits so expensive?

ER visits are expensive because emergency rooms run on a 24-hour schedule and require a large and wide range of staff, including front desk personnel, maintenance, nurses, doctors, and surgeons. ERs also run and maintain a lot of expensive equipment and need a constant supply of medications and medical supplies.

Does insurance cover ER visits?

Insurance typically covers some or all of an ER visit, though you may need to meet a deductible first, depending on the plan. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance providers to cover ER visits for "emergency medical conditions" without prior authorization and regardless of whether they are in or out-of-network.

When should you go to the ER?

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You should go to the ER for any serious, potentially life-threatening symptoms, including:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Serious head injury

  • Sudden severe pain

  • Severe burn

  • Deep wound

  • Severe allergic reaction

  • Major broken bones

  • Uncontrollable bleeding

  • Suddenly feeling weak or unable to move, speak, or walk

  • Sudden change in vision

  • Sudden confusion

  • Fever that does not resolve with over-the-counter medicine

  • Poisoning

  • Seizure

Tips to reduce your ER bill

An ER visit can cost thousands of dollars, even if you have insurance. Here are some guidelines to ensure you are not overpaying:

  • Determine if you truly need an emergency room. If your health issue is not life threatening, consider going to an urgent care facility instead as the cost for the same care can be much less.

  • Go to a hospital-based ER. Freestanding ER centers typically cost much more than a hospital-based emergency room.

  • Call ahead to confirm payment options and the current wait time.

  • Ask about costs up front. If you are uninsured, consider asking the following questions to prevent you from surprises on your future bill:

    • Do you have discounted pricing for patients without insurance?

    • Will it cost less if I pay with cash?

    • What will the fee be for my specific issue?

    • Do you think I will need additional tests, and what will they cost?

    • How much do you charge for X-rays?

    • If I need medication, how much will it cost?