Make an appointment at your local ER

Feb 3, 2011

Pay for an online appointment for the emergency room? Is that a contradiction in terms? And money back if you don’t get looked at in 15 minutes? That’s the plan behind a system that hospitals are adopting across the Southland as a means to save time, money and resources. InQuickER, for a registration fee ranging from $14.99 to $24.99 per visit, allows subscribers to make an appointment online for their participating emergency care center. And they claim they can do it without taking time or resources away from true emergency patients. Patt talks with a local ER doctor about how this InQuickER system has changed their daily routine and are there broader applications for systems like this in the current healthcare climate? How much many can be saved through better planning?

**Clarification: The $14.99 to $24.99 per visit is not a subscription but rather a registration fee per use, and is in place to prevent abuse of the service.

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