Myths and Facts About Emergency Care

Main Points

  • Most emergency patients have health insurance — the vast majority have serious medical problems that are best treated in an emergency department.
  • Emergency care represents less than 2 percent of the nation’s $2.1 trillion in health care expenditures while treating 136 million people a year.
  • The reasons emergency departments are crowded are complicated, and emergency physicians are dedicated to improving everyone’s access to emergency care.
  • Patients having medical emergencies require the expertise of emergency physicians to diagnose and treat them and should never be second-guessed by health insurance plans.
  • Emergency departments are valuable to communities and are a central part of the medical neighborhood

Myths and Facts About Emergency Care Fact Sheet

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