Freestanding ERs Can Cost You

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – They may look like urgent care centers, but they’re not. More and more freestanding E.R.s are being built in suburban neighborhoods across North Texas. They’re just like they sound — complete emergency rooms not attached to any hospital. The services you can get there come with an emergency room price.

Juliette Coulter found that out the hard way. In January Coulter was fighting what felt like the flu. In a hurry, she bypassed her regular physician and visited Highland Park Emergency Center in Dallas. Doctors gave her a breathing treatment, x-rays, flu swab and prescriptions, all in about 45 minutes. Coulter says that was great, but then when the bill came, she really felt sick. The facility had charged Coulter nearly $2500 for treating acute bronchitis. “This is highway robbery,” says Coulter, “I don’t want other people to be deceived by these…

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