A concierge ER, or, can EMTALA-free, cash-only emergency departments save hospitals?

Given the financial trouble many ERs and hospitals are facing, concierge emergency care may be on the horizon.

Richard Winters (via GruntDoc) imagines such as scenario, which for a fee, patients receive private rooms, couches and chairs for family, private telephones and internet service, flat-screen television, and events to meet the hospital administration and physicians.

As long as every cent continues to be squeezed out of emergency departments, and patients revolt against waiting times and (perceived) substandard care, a “members-only” emergency department cannot be far off.

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