During an emergency, your employees should call 911 or visit an ER. But when an employee visits the ER for non-emergency care, it increases the cost of health care for everyone. Unnecessary visits to the emergency room raise insurance rates, copayments and deductibles.
Remind your employees about the cost benefits of visiting their doctor's office rather than an emergency room for non-emergencies with the following tips and tools.
Avoiding the ER
Encourage your employees to maintain regular checkups. Annual preventive care helps catch minor problems before they develop into a major health concern.
Employees may not know that one-time treatment costs in the ER for a non-emergency condition can cost five times more than treatment received in their doctor's office.
Savings Tips for Employees
Blue Shield recommends employees start with a checkup with their doctor. During their first checkup, employees should bring a list of questions to ask as well as all the medications currently prescribed. Seeing a doctor for regular visits can help avoid costly trips to the ER.
Tools You Can Use
Use the downloadable materials to help educate employees about the high cost of using the ER for non-emergency care.