Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Standalone ERs Fail to Bend the Cost Curve

Ilene MacDonald, reporting for Fierce Healthcare on 8.12.15, informs readers that:
Florida and Texas are the latest states to see an increase in the number of standalone emergency rooms popping up in high-traffic, commercial areas.

According to the author:

...the care offered is just as expensive as a hospital ER. The Sun Sentinel reports that an average charge for an ER visit in Broward County, Florida, was $3,737 and in Palm Beach County, the average cost was $4,675. Indeed, patients who go to free-standing ERs often complain that the facilities provide misleading pricing information. And critics say that many patients could receive less expensive care from a physician practice or urgent care facility...

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