By: Caitlin Owens
Freestanding emergency departments, which provide emergency medical care but are physically separate from hospitals, charge many times more than other providers for the same care, according to a new analysis by UnitedHealth Group.
How it works: Freestanding ERs often don’t provide treatment for common emergencies like trauma, strokes and heart attacks.Show less
By the numbers:
The backdrop: Freestanding emergency departments are disproportionately located in affluent areas that have access to other providers, and in Texas, less than one in four receive ambulances.
The bottom line: It is much, much cheaper to go see your family doctor if you have a fever — the most common diagnosis at Texas freestanding emergency departments.
Go deeper: We all pay for surprise emergency room bills
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