Op-ed: Policymakers shouldn’t compare apples to oranges when it comes to emergency centers

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This op-ed by Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of Baylor College of Medicine, was written in response to HBJ’s March 23 story, “Freestanding ERs cost Texans more than urgent care, hospitals.” Last week, I co-authored a paper with a multidisciplinary team from several institutions in and around the Texas Medical Center. We used claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which covers nearly one out of every two Texans. We compared the cost of outpatient emergency care at freestanding emergency…


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