Use this option when you need medical care quickly, but can’t see your regular doctor. Urgent care centers are usually open nights and weekends, and cost about the same as a doctor visit. Before you go, call and ask about their hours, services and whether they participate in your Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield network by looking at our on-line provider directory
. Remember, if you’re an HMO member, you should call your primary doctor's office or medical group to find out your Emergency Room alternative options for urgent care.