Adeptus Health (First Choice Emergency Centers), among others, are opening Emergency Care centers, unaffiliated with hospitals. They are pricier than their competitors, so why would you go there? Quick Service, for one. The ability to be seen quickly for non-life threatening illness and injury is something at least some people are willing to pay for. Their bills average $1400, as opposed to around $200 for the typical urgent care center.
All reports are that Emergency Room visits are up since the advent of ObamaCare, as people cannot get into their primary care physician quickly enough. These centers are staffed by Board-Certified Emergency Physicians, and provide essentially the same level of care as an urgent cetner, or the Emergency Dept – assuming you don’t need surgery or have a more complex problem.