Payment Policy Helps Make Shorter Emergency Room Waits

Many people visit the emergency room at sometime in their life.  But the next time you visit Columbus Regional make sure it is an emergency.

Columbus Medical Center's new payment policy went in effect Monday.  Now patients coming to the emergency room will receive a free screening to determine the extent of their injury or illness.

Patients who are not in an emergency condition will be required to pay a co-pay or make a $150.00 advance payment before being treated.  "An emergency would be something that is life threatening, such as chest pain, heart attack, or automobile accident," said Tom Titus, Columbus Regional senior vice-president.

The hospital encourages you to go see a physician for colds, headaches, and flu symptoms.  Officials hope the new payment plan will mean shorter waits in the ER.