Hospital emergency room (ER) facility fees increased 89% between 2009 and 2015, which is twice as fast as outpatient care and four times as fast as overall healthcare spending, reported Vox and Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) in a new report.
Vox and HCCI analyzed 70 million insurance bills for ER visits. The analysis focused on facility fees and not the hospital charges.
The added spending is leading to higher premiums and patient costs. "It is having a dramatic effect on what people spend in a hospital setting," said Niall Brennan, executive director of the Health Care Cost Institute. "And as we know, that has a trickle-down effect on premiums and benefits."