How are free-standing immediate care facilities different from a hospital-based emergency room?

Free-standing facilities for emergency care in Bellaire have similar staffing and capabilities that a hospital emergency room or ER facility would have. The primary difference between a free-standing emergency room or a critical care facility and a traditional hospital-based emergency room is that a free-standing emergency room is not attached to a hospital. No appointment is required to be seen at the free-standing facility. Another big difference is the longer wait times in a hospital-based emergency room. The national average wait time to be treated in most hospital-based emergency rooms is four hours. We normally have little or no wait time.

Why are hospital emergency rooms so crowded and require such long waiting times?

Most big hospital emergency rooms are inherently inefficient. Most of the inefficiencies are due to low staffing levels of both doctors and nurses, too few admission beds, and too many patients using emergency room centers for non-emergency visits.

Do I have to make an appointment?

No. Emergencies do not require appointments. All critical care testing, such as X-rays or CT scans, are performed during your visit.

Do you accept children for treatment?

Yes, absolutely. We treat patients of all ages.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept all private insurances.

Are you “in network?”

We currently have agreements with most major insurance companies, but according to Texas statutes, all insurance companies are required to pay in-network benefits for any member presenting for emergency room medical treatment. This law is meant to be protective, preventing time being lost by the patient having to search for an in-network facility.

What will this cost me?

This is determined by your insurance plan. If you have co-pay due, this would be required at the time of visit. Your explanation of benefits (EOB), from the insurance carrier, will describe what you would be responsible for cover regarding your visit depending on your deductible. You may also be required to pay a portion of the bill that was deductible or any co-insurance that is determined to be patient responsibility by your insurance provider.

What if I have to be admitted to a hospital?

We have transfer agreements with various hospitals in the greater Houston metropolitan area. You will be admitted to the hospital of your choice, as long as your particular hospital accepts the admission from an emergency room in Bellaire.

What if I don’t have insurance?

We have a Self-Pay Program that offers discounts for patients who prefer to pay on a cash basis. We believe in not turning anyone away, and we are willing to accommodate all patients needing emergency care in Bellaire.