Emergency Room visits are a smaller part of our overall health care spending than is popularly supposed. Yet insurers are looking to shift some of those costs back onto patients who do not require immediate hospitalization
American College of Emergency Physicians. But he believes it is bad medical policy.Cutting off payments for ER visits that turn out not to be acute medical emergencies will trim those costs, says Dr. Jay Kaplan of Marin General Hospital and the
Health Access. It's an attitude that has been consistent over many years.That should come as no surprise, adds Anthony Wright, Executive Director of
Much of this discussion is based on the notion that treating patients in the Emergency Room is more expensive than seeing them in a doctor's office. But it's hard to know if that is really the case, says Dr. Kaplan, because the accounting and billing systems for each are dramatically different.