Health care and the emergency room

United States
March 16, 2007 6:56pm CST
The ER is overcrowded, understaffed and unprofitable. Is there a solution. I think there is. They are called "emergency Sites". They would be located strategcally through out the populated areas. The #1 advantage of these sites would be that they could be reached in 5 minutets instead of 30, making it possible to save many more lives. As fo the run of the mill walkins, they would be treated at Urgent Care Clinics. Lets hear you.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
This is a very good idea, and in some areas, these are already in place. However, part of the problem is that many people do not have insurance and therefore use the Emergency Room like a primary care physician. Many people only seek treatment when there is no other alternative, and going to the Emergency Room is the only way they can get the medical care they need. Some options would include providing incentives to get more people working in those hospitals. Sign-on bonuses and tuition reimbursement for nurses. I have even heard of some areas doing tuition assistance for medical school if a candidate signs a contract to work in that hospital for a set number of years. But, I think the best option is to improve medical insurance and health care so that more people would be able to regularly seek treatment, rather than waiting until it is an emergency and having nowhere else to turn. Canada and other countries have socialized medicine, and do not face the health care crisis that we face here in the United states. Improve the medical care available to everyone, level the playing field by making sure people have equal coverage, and I think we will see a reduction in the overcrowding of the hospitals around the country. This is just my two cents worth, but this is a topic that I feel very strongly about. I was discharged from critical care to home in under three hours after being hit by a car as a pedestrian because I had no insurance. My son was not properly treated for an asthma attack because of the same thing. I understand some people abuse the system, but there are others of us that are working hard to just try to make ends meet.