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Free-Standing EDs On the Rise, But Do They Target Wealthy Patients?

from By Chelsea Adams

The number of free-standing emergency departments that offer quick access to emergency care has exploded across the country. With the increase in these types of facilities, another trend has emerged: Free-standing EDs are being built in zip codes where people have a higher annual income and private insurance. Between 2009 and 2015, the number of free-standing emergency departments grew by 62 percent. According to the Annals of Emergency Medicine, there were 222 in 2009 and 360 by March 2015. Since then, dozens of additional free-standing EDs have opened across the nation. more

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