Don’t see the value of free-standing ERs
Regarding “Free-standing ERs eye lobbying to win state approval for growth” (July 6, p. 14), as a San Antonio physician, I have seen these free- standing emergency rooms pop up every few miles in affluent areas. In a city with plenty of hospitals, I see no valid need for these businesses. Real emergencies should still go to hospital-associated ERs. The other problems can easily be treated at urgentcare centers that are also plentiful and much less expensive than ERs.
As someone who has no financial interests either way, in these times of trying to decrease medical expenses, more patients in ERs will increase healthcare premiums for all of us. Outpatient surgery centers are much less expensive than hospitals and are not analogous to free-standing ERs.
Dr. Robert Luedecke San Antonio