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Cheap walk-in clinic for those without insurance (or with high deductibles)
jacqueline1776 wrote in lasvegas
This was originally a comment on stars_are_fire's post, but I know most people don't read comments on old posts and it seems many people aren't aware that there's a cheaper, better alternative to UMC Quick Care.

My experience: I have health insurance, but it is a high-deductible plan, so I am effectively a cash customer as well. I went to UMC Quick Care a couple times, but when I told a coworker how much I'd paid there she freaked and told me that there was a much cheaper walk in clinic in town: Legacy Urgent Care.

Price comparison:

UMC Urgent Care office visit cost: $204.

Legacy Urgent Care office visit for the exact same thing: $75.

Also, I was never able to get a straight answer in advance from UMC about how much a visit or tests would cost. Legacy, on the other hand, was able to give me dollar amounts or cost ranges over the phone. This indicates to me that they have a lot more experience working with cash clients than UMC does.

More Legacy price info: I recently took an intern (without US insurance, so he had to pay up front) there for an injured wrist, and it cost him less than $200 for the office visit, x-rays, and splint. That is relatively cheap! He was very happy with the care and price, so much that when we got back to work he went around recommending Legacy to people. (And he is from Germany where they have socialized medicine.)

Not only is Legacy Urgent Care cheaper, but I have found the waiting times there to be MUCH shorter than at UMC.

Legacy is at 105 N Pecos Rd, Henderson, NV 89074 (NW corner of Wigwam and Pecos). No appointments (walk in only) but you can call ahead to get their hours, directions, an estimate on how much your visit might cost (it will depend on what sort of tests they have to run etc.), etc. at (702) 263-4555.

On a related topic, if your job doesn't include health insurance as part of your compensation package, you can still buy it on your own. I wrote a recommendation for an awesome health insurance broker here recently:

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Thanks for the info. I have health insurance too, but it also has a high deductible, so it still makes me not want to go to the doctor unless I have to.

Yelp it!!! People need to know this stuff.

Thank you so much for posting this. I've been needing to see a doctor for months and months (I have IBS) and I've been so terrified of the cost (no health insurance). And that's so close to my house as well.

I can use the VA but sometimes have to wait weeks for an appointment. So if anything comes up and I need to be seen NOW, I will cruise over there. Thanx!

I HATE UMC Quick Cares!!!

(In MY opinion) They are just a money making operation. They hardly handle anything internally above a stubbed toe, so those of higher "acuity" get shipped over to UMC. And they tell the patient they HAVE to go to UMC, which is a complete lie! The patient can go wherever the heck they want, so long as it is not a life threatening situation. And if it is, the PARAMEDICS get to decide the destination! But UMCQC have a hard time identifying truly sick patients. Anyways, enough of my ranting...

If you're one of the unfortunate souls like myself who have HPN/Sierra Choice, whatever... The SMA Green Valley is a great place to go. My doctor is PHENOMENAL and is truly interested in having me be an active participant in my health care and treatment planning. And they are pretty awesome about getting you in for same day or next day appointments. Hello, I live right near Kyle Canyon and I STILL make the trek to Green Valley because he is just that awesome!!

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