A 2013 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found the average charge for ER visits for all outpatient conditions to be $1,233, reports The Washington Post. The charge for an ER visit varies widely depending on the hospital and the condition for which a patient is being treated.
The minimum and maximum charges for ER visits for the same condition can vary by tens of thousands of dollars. For instance, the National Institutes of Health study found a minimum charge of $29 for a visit for an intestinal infection and a maximum charge of $29,551 for the same condition, which is over 1000 times more than the minimum charge. How much an ER visit costs largely depends on what testing and treatment the doctors need to administer. For example, an average MRI scan cost $2,611, as of 2014, according to Medicare data analyzed by NerdWallet Health, reports Time magazine.