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Study Finds Most Health Care Providers Don't Know Cost of ER Visit

A new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found 62 percent of emergency department health care providers can’t accurately estimate the cost of care for a common ER visit. Improving that percentage has the potential to lower costs for patients and the overall health care system, according to the study.

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.