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TX urgent care centers scrutinized over ER-style billing

The Statesman, August 13, 2012
At a time when consumers are being discouraged from using expensive hospital ERs for non-emergencies, St. David's HealthCare has opened four urgent care centers in the past three years that bill patients more like emergency rooms do. But aside from the potential for consumers to be billed more than they expected, there's another wrinkle: St. David's said the centers are really a type of emergency department, although they are not intended to treat emergency patients.