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Many patients still don't know the difference between emergency facilities and urgent care centers. (Photo: iStock)

People might think they’re visiting an urgent care center, but the facilities could actually be freestanding emergency centers located outside of hospitals — and the resulting sticker shock could be painful, NBC News reports.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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