HCCI's research into ER "facility fees" was featured in a USA TODAY article about fees for visiting an emergency room. From the article:
"In 2019, the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute found that the average emergency room visit cost $1,389, up 176% over the decade. This number only includes the cost of entry for emergency care, not include extra charges such as blood tests, IVs, drugs or other treatments."
In July, Taylor Davis told FOX 5 Atlanta she went to the Emory Decatur Hospital ER for a head injury, waited seven hours and was never seen. Weeks later, she was billed $700.
Adamant it was a mistake, Davis called the hospital and was told she was charged what's called a "facility fee" or "emergency room visiting fee."