The average cost of treating common primary care treatable conditions at a hospital emergency department (ED) is $2,032 per visit. An avoidable hospital ED visit is a trip to the emergency room for a condition that is treatable in the primary care setting, including bronchitis, cough, dizziness, flu, headache, low back pain, nausea, sore throat, strep throat, and upper respiratory infection. The average cost for an ED visit for these types of conditions is 12 times higher than a physician office visit, at $167 and 10 times higher than an urgent care center visit, at $193. The cost differences . . .