Envision Physician Services and ER Costs

Learn how Envision Physician Services (Envision) is contributing to the skyrocketing cost of ER services and what we're doing to protect you.

Chest Pain

The average cost of in-network ER physicians at participating hospitals: $491

The average cost of Envision ER physicians at participating hospitals: $992

Abdominal Pain

The average cost of in-network ER physicians at participating hospitals: $318

The average cost of Envision ER physicians at participating hospitals: $642

Laceration

The average cost of in-network ER physicians at participating hospitals: $289

The average cost of Envision ER physicians at participating hospitals: $584

There are many issues contributing to the dramatic rise in the cost of ER visits. But one of the more prominent is the growing use of outsourced hospital-based physician companies, such as Envision. These firms take advantage of people when they are at their most vulnerable, in the emergency room, by price gouging patients and demanding to be paid twice as much as what emergency services typically cost.

These practices hurt both hospitals and consumers and they don’t stop with just the ER doctor’s bill – Envision also controls anesthesia and radiology services in many hospitals, driving up the overall cost of a trip to the ER even further.

UnitedHealthcare is committed to protecting consumers from these high costs and potential surprise medical bills.We invite you to learn more about this issue, the steps you can take to protect yourself from surprise bills, and how contributing your voice to this dialogue may bring about much needed change.

A National Problem

 We mapped Envision’s presence coast-to-coast; are you in a state that puts you at risk of their egregious billing practices?

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A National Problem with Deep Local Impact

After Envision acquires a physician group, costs often go up significantly. And not in just one market or with one group — this is a national problem driving up health care costs across the country.

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Compare the Costs

See how Envision compares to other in-network ERs.

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Get the Facts

Envision and other companies are now controlling many of our nation’s ERs. 

Find the Right Care

UnitedHealthcare has programs to create transparency in health care costs and help consumers understand where to go for care – and that a trip to the ER is not always needed. Members can also download our mobile Health4Me app, which has a GPS-based "Quick Care" option to find ER alternatives. 

Information for Hospitals

Envision may be non-participating in UnitedHealthcare’s network beginning Jan. 1, 2019.