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Insurers steer Ga. patients toward ER alternatives

Three years ago, an ER copay was around $100; today, it's closer to $200, and more insurers are declining claims for nonemergency uses of the ER

By Misty Williams
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Blue Cross Blue Shield maps out less expensive way to get treatment.

Each year, hospitals provide billions of dollars in emergency room care to patients who could be treated in less costly settings such as urgent care centers — exacerbating rising health care costs for medical providers, insurers and consumers alike.

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