WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Two Delaware hospital systems want to build emergency rooms in a rural county, but a state review committee is hesitant to approve funds.
Bayhealth and Beebe health systems both want emergency departments in Sussex County, just 10 miles (16 kilometers) from each other. They say the area needs emergency services due to high travel times and increasing populations.
Bayhealth says its hospital would cost $16 million, Beebe’s could be up to $23 million.
Last month, a review committee said the state should deny them, as both go against Delaware’s efforts to reduce health care costs and Gov. John Carney’s pledge to limit “unnecessary use of the ER.” Emergency room visits are more expensive than urgent care visits.
Delaware’s Health Resources Board is set to decide in an upcoming vote.