ER Convenience Comes at a CostAugust 17, 2017
Misuse of emergency rooms (ERs) for non-emergency medical concerns is a big cost driver for our members. The average cost to go to the ER for a non-emergency is around $1,000. Yet 66% of members go to the ER whenever they (or someone they care for) are sick and the doctor’s office is closed. And, 25% believe the best place to go is the ER, regardless of how sick or injured they are, no matter the time of day. This not only costs members more — in terms of both time and money — but also ties up emergency staff unnecessarily. That’s why we’re trying to reduce avoidable ER visits.