Sickle Cell Data Collection Program Brief: Better Access to Outpatient Care May Decrease Emergency Visits and Costs

Posted On May 9, 2018
Authored By: Georgia Health Policy Center, May 2018

For patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) who lack access to specialists or primary care physicians informed about their condition, health care is often limited to the emergency department (ED). New data from the Sickle Cell Data Collection programs in California and Georgia shows that public payers are responsible for the majority of costs associated with these ED visits.

Proposed citation: Georgia Health Policy Center. (2018). Better access to outpatient care may decrease emergency visits and costs. Retrieved from

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