From the Washington Post:
One increasingly popular option to improve access to services is the free-standing emergency department, a facility that, as its name suggests, isn’t physically located within a hospital.
Free-standing emergency departments originally emerged to serve people in rural areas where access to emergency care was scarce. But in recent years, free-standing EDs have often been cropping up in fast-growing suburban areas where the need isn’t always as clear. Sometimes, experts say, it’s as an effort by health systems to muscle in on a competing hospital’s ED and siphon off some of its patients.
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