OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — OU Medical Center says it will begin charging an additional fee for patients who receive treatment in the emergency room for injuries or illnesses that aren't urgent.
The hospital announced Tuesday that adult patients who receive care for non-emergency conditions will be charged a copay through their insurance or $200 if they are uninsured. The patients will first receive an assessment then can decide whether to receive care in the ER.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/QIAYV4 ) that about 40 percent of the 50,000 patients who sought care at OU Medical Center in 2012 weren't suffering from conditions requiring emergency room care.
OU Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Kris Wallace says staff members will help patients who don't have emergency needs find resources, such as primary care physicians.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com