Blue Promise: An Academic Look at Freestanding ERs

Several Texas universities analyzed data from Freestanding Emergency Rooms and published a report indicating that the facilities are unnecessarily costly for patients.

Visits to Freestanding Emergency Rooms in Texas went up 236% from 2012-2015 and many of those patients could have paid ten times less by visiting an Urgent Care Clinic.  These are some of the findings in a first-of-its-kind academic journal published by several Texas universities.  In this Blue Promise, Dr. McCoy discusses the consumer impact with the study’s author, Dr. Vivian Ho, Director of the Center for Health and Bioscience at the Baker Institute for Public Policy with Rice University.

To read the full study, you can visit the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Blue Promise is an online video blog that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

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