Ever wonder why the hospital’s ER waiting room always seems filled with people waiting for hours to get care? One of the main reasons is that millions of Americans use the ER for routine medical care -- instead of real emergencies.
Last year, there were almost 10 million ER visits for non-emergency care. The average ER visit costs $383, while the average doctor’s office visit usually costs only $60. Those costs affect your health plan costs, as well.
Any time someone visits the ER for non-emergency care, everyone pays more because unnecessary ER visits raise insurance premiums, copays and deductibles.
Smart health care choices
When it comes to your health and the cost of your health care, you have a choice. And your choices make a difference.