Healthcare services that are available

when you need them—nights and weekends

When you’re having a true medical emergency—chest pain, loss of consciousness, a possible broken bone, heavy bleeding, or a severe burn—you head straight for the nearest emergency room (ER), right?

But what about those times when you need medical attention as soon as possible—but its not a life-threatening situation? Often, you can’t get an immediate appointment with your doctor. So what do you do?

New ways to get healthcare in a hurry

There was a time when the ER might have been your only option. But the ER is usually crowded, there may be an extremely long wait, and seeking care in that setting may be costly.

Fortunately, there are now several alternative healthcare settings you can turn to—including Pearson’s new telemedicine program available through MDLive.

This chart is designed to help you determine the best choice for your particular medical problem, and give you an idea of the relative costs. These alternatives cost less than an ER or regular doctor visit, and often have the great advantage of being available nights and weekends.

Take a minute to consider your options first so you’ll get the best care at the best price.

Setting What is it? Common medical
care provided
Your Cost*
MDLive (telehealth) 1-888-632-2738 A network of physicians who provide basic medical care that can be accessed via live video or telephone
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Coughs, sore throat
  • Cold & Flu
  • Insect bites, poison ivy
Retail Health Clinic A clinic staffed by medical professionals who provide basic medical services to walk-in patients. Usually located in a major pharmacy or retail store
  • Bumps, cuts, scrapes
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Coughs, sore throat
  • Burning with urination
  • Eye swelling, irritation, redness or swelling
$15 – $50
Urgent Care Center A group of doctors who treat conditions that should be looked at right away but aren’t as severe as emergencies.These facilities can often perform x-rays and lab tests
  • Sprains, strains
  • Animal bites
  • Mild Asthma
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Back pain
$15 – $50

Is it really an emergency?

Don’t hesitate to call 911 or go to the emergency room if you think you could put your health at serious risk by delaying care. It’s better to err on the side of caution when you’re not sure.

* In-network only
**A small copay may apply in 2015.
Source: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield