Freestanding ERs bloom in Texas, raising questions about costs and benefits

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Reflecting a national trend, freestanding emergency departments are sprouting in the Lone Star State, where there are now more than 200.

More than 90 percent of these have opened over the last five years, many are conspicuously showing up in affluent areas—and some offer advanced imaging services such as CT.

Preston Hollow People, an online publication of D (for Dallas) magazine, takes a look at the pros and cons of the development: