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COLUMN: Who wins the race for patients, the ER or the urgent care center?

Trudy Lieberman

Rural Health News Service

Tracy Hume, a freelance writer who lives in Greeley and a reader of Thinking About Health columns, recently sent along this provocative question. “Do ER-affiliated urgent care providers ever try to escalate patients to the ER when it is not medically necessary?” she asked. “Why? How should a consumer respond?”