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9. Variation in hospitalizations from ER costs billions

from Medical News Today

From Sept. 25: It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in the September issue of Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed — at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. more

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