Emergency room visits

In 2002, there were about 11 million visits to emergency rooms for non-emergency care. The average E.R. visit costs $1,049, while the average doctor’s office visit is approximately $153. Unnecessary E.R. visits can delay care for people with true emergencies, and cost all of us billions of dollars.

Use these messages to help employees understand when to go to the E.R. and when to check with their doctor first.

Direct mail

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) - Spanish (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Check with your doctor first (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Check with your doctor first - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

E-mails

Subject: Doctor’s office vs. E.R. (MS Word) — Educates employees on the costs of using the emergency room and encourages them to check with their doctor first.

Newsletter articles

Headline: Doctor’s office vs. E.R. (MS Word) — Educates employees on the costs of using the emergency room and encourages them to check with their doctor first.

Paycheck stuffers

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) - Spanish (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Check with your doctor first (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Check with your doctor first – Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Posters

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) - Spanish (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Check with your doctor first (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Check with your doctor first - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Table tents

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 1) - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Costs of using the E.R. (option 2) - Spanish (PDF) — Encourages employees to call their doctor or use the 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line before going to the emergency room.

Check with your doctor first (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.

Check with your doctor first - Spanish (PDF) — Explains to employees that unnecessary emergency room visits cost us all money.