West Virginia hospital to charge upfront co-pays for non-emergency ER visits

From Beckers:

Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston, W.Va, in about a month, will begin charging upfront co-pays to patients who visit the hospital’s emergency room for non-emergency care, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Upon entry into the ER, patients will be screened to determine if they require emergency care. If they come to the ER for a non-emergency reason, they will be informed of the co-pay and be able to decide to stay and pay the upfront co-pay or visit another provider.

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