Numbers Say Emergency Care Is One of the Best Values in Health Care

From ACEP Now:

A recent study, reviewed in an EMRA+ PolicyRx Health Policy Journal Club article, provides an even more eye-popping perspective. The emergency department’s role in health care is quite large, impacting almost half of all hospital care, which is known to be the largest slice of the health care expenditure pie. As other clinicians continue to use the emergency department as an access point for their patients’ unscheduled acute care or as a rapid diagnostic center, our slice of the health care pie will inevitably increase. Ultimately, this will further magnify the attention on emergency care of those minding the national health care piggy banks. Instead of antagonizing the emergency medicine community, policymakers and payers should partner with us to identify solutions to bend the cost curve.