(in hospital, hospital affiliated or freestanding)
The ER is better suited for severe illnesses and injuries, or illness and injury for which severity is unknown. They are opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, and are required under the Emergency Medicine Treatment and Labor Act EMTALA) to accept all patients for at least a screening to exclude life-threatening conditions. Fully equipped, they provide the highest level of care but usually at a higher cost than a clinic.
Source: Healthy Living Made Simple September/October 2017
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