The trend of going to the emergency room as opposed to other healthcare facilities continues to grow. When its necessary, an emergency room should not be avoided, but many are seeking care from the ER for minor problems, and are paying for it big.
Not only are the costs of visiting an ER extremely high, but you will often wait longer for the care you need. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ER visits increased by 20 percent in the first decade of the new millennium. That translates to about 136 million visits per year. One in 5 Americans will visit the ER at least once annually…” [ Read more here ]