Bauer Business Focus

Dr. Akash Bhagat on Free-Standing Emergency Rooms

Bhagat is the owner and medical director of Memorial Emergency Center and Memorial Heights Emergency Center.

Texas suffers from a shortage of medical professionals. Many residents wind up turning to the emergency room for immediate medical care. That’s led to a rise in “free standing ERs, without the long waits of hospital ERs but with comparably higher costs. Dr. Akash Bhagat is the owner and medical director of Memorial Emergency Center and Memorial Heights Emergency Center. He joins Andrew Schneider on the Bauer Business Focus.

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Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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