You have enough to think about when you're sick. We want you to focus on getting better rather than spending too much time trying to find an in-network doctor.
At Bright Health, we've done the work for you by providing you with a network of healthcare providers we know and trust. We call them Care Partners, and that's Centura Health & Colorado Health Neighborhoods in Colorado. And choosing to stay in-network for all your care needs from a regular check up to an urgent care visit will keep your medical expenses down, while providing you with access to network of providers who prioritize your care.
Mary visited her doctor and was diagnosed with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). For this, she was prescribed an antibiotic and encouraged to return if symptoms didn’t get better in a couple days. The visit was painless, affordable, and successful. Because Mary stayed within her Bright Health network and visited her regular doctor, or primary care provider (PCP), she saved thousands of dollars. See below the estimated costs for a similar visit at an in-network emergency room and an out-of-network emergency room.
|Visit for UTI Treatment.|
|In-network outpatient visit |
|In-network ER visit|
|Out-of-network ER visit |
If this was you, your in-network emergency visit would be roughly 8 times more expensive than an in-network outpatient visit. And it would be an astounding 26 times more expensive at an out-of-network emergency room visit.
*Please note that this example is for purposes of illustration only. The cost of out-of-network care is not applied to your deductible. For any in-network services, you will likely have a copay and costs may be lower than noted above.
Do you know when to see your doctor instead of a specialist? Or when to go to the urgent care vs the emergency room? The wrong decision could cost you hundreds of dollars. Your PCP should be your first line of support, except when a true medical emergency exists. Think of them as your quarterback. Your PCP can care for most illnesses or injuries that a convenience or urgent care clinic would treat. If your PCP is not available or you need care more urgently, you have other options: