Freestanding Emergency Rooms Bring Competition, Confusion to East Texas Healthcare

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Freestanding emergency rooms have been multiplying in Northeast, Texas. However, some patients are confused about the high cost of emergency care at some freestanding ERs they think are lower cost urgent care centers.

Questions mount as for-profit, stand-alone ERs arrive in the most affluent Northeast Texas neighborhoods

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As Freestanding ERs multiply in the Ark-La-Tex, people are beginning to ask more questions about costs and care.

The phrase "Real ER without the wait" has been heard constantly by people in Texarkana and the surrounding area in the last few weeks as the city's first freestanding ER opened with one of the grandest business launches of a new enterprise in recent memory for the Four States Area. Positive press flowed from virtually every local media outlet with widespread TV coverage, radio discussion, newspaper articles, magazine spreads and online media.

Soon, Texarkana, Tyler and Longview will have several freestanding ERs in each city, and people in the Ark-La-Tex are beginning to have some questions about the concept of freestanding ERs: Are freestanding ERs "real" emergency rooms?  How much should emergency care cost outside of a hospital? Should you go to an urgent care facility, freestanding emergency room or a hospital-based ER? These are just a few of the questions many Ark-La-Tex residents are asking themselves while waiting for doctor's appointments, at dinner and online following a deluge of publicity about Northeast Texas' new freestanding emergency rooms, which are not operated in conjunction with a local hospital.

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