TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Two south Georgia hospitals are working together to try to lower the number emergency room visits.
Tift Regional Medical Center and Cook Medical Center are encouraging more patients to see clinics if they don't really need to go to the emergency room.
Patients who show up with non-emergency illnesses may be referred to clinics.
Hospital officials say the policy allows doctors to treat serious cases faster.
"No one will be refused treatment but the setting for their care may be in a different location, because we are really designed to see the more emergent, more dramatic cases," said Chris Efaw.
Efaw says Tift Regional does offer a walk-in clinic.
Patients who choose to be treated by the ER will have to pay two hundred dollars for services. The patient will be billed for any services not covered by their insurance.