Urgent care is care that is urgently needed but isn’t an emergency. Medicare covers urgent care, for example at Urgent Care walk-in clinics across America. Urgent Care clinics provide walk-in outpatient care outside of a traditional emergency department.[1]

You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for your doctor or other health care provider’s services for urgently needed care, and the Part B deductible applies. In a hospital outpatient setting, you also pay the hospital a copayment for urgently needed care even in a non-emergency.

TIP: You may pay less for Urgent Care with a Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan depending on your plan’s coverage.

TIP: Urgent Care clinics are typically separate from Emergency Room departments and plans will list cost-sharing amounts for both urgent care and emergency care sepeately.


  1. Urgently Needed Care. Medicare.Gov.