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U.S. Emergency Medicine on the Critical List[PC Alert]
MSN ^ | 6/14/06 | Steven Reinberg

Posted on 06/14/2006 2:33:58 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom

The U.S. emergency medical system is in critical condition and on life support -- overburdened, under-funded, and highly fragmented, according to three new reports released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

According to the reports, ambulances are being turned away from emergency departments and patients can wait hours or even days for a hospital bed. And, as it stands, the system is currently unprepared to handle overloads of patients from disasters such as hurricanes, bombings, or disease outbreaks, the authors contended.

"These reports reinforce something we have known for a long time," said one expert, Dr. Rick Blum, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "The challenges facing emergency medicine are reimbursement, overcrowding, ambulance diversion and lack of on-call specialists."

Gail Warden, chairman of the IOM's Hospital-Based Emergency Care Committee that did the reports, noted that "there has not been an in-depth study of emergency medicine done in 40 years."

His team's report finds the U.S. system in a precarious state. "Emergency rooms, in most cases, are overcrowded with long waits for patients to be admitted," Warden said. "Ambulances are frequently diverted to another hospital, because the primary one is overflowing. There is a lack of specialists to provide care in many emergency rooms. The transport of ambulances to emergency medical services is often fragmented, disorganized and inconsistent. In many cases, pediatric care falls short because emergency rooms are not prepared to care for children in the way that they should be."

To help solve these problems, Congress needs to earmark money to insure that emergency departments, trauma centers and medical first responders are fully equipped and ready to deliver fast and appropriate care, the IOM reports concluded.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diseases; freeloaders; healthcare; illegals
Not one mention in this article about illegal aliens using the emergency room as their regular doctor, all on the taxpayer's dime. Hospitals are going bankrupt because they can't turn anyone away.
1 posted on 06/14/2006 2:34:02 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Or people on the entitlement dole or people who just don't "feel like wasting money on health insurance".

2 posted on 06/14/2006 2:36:55 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Moderate Mooslims.....what's that?)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

The problem will expand exponentially, if the amnesty (whatever they call it) goes through. Already, thousands more are trying to get in -- just in case.

3 posted on 06/14/2006 2:40:07 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

There is no mention of the hundreds of commercial emergency rooms that have gone bankrupt due to the inability to refuse service to clients that have no insurance or any intention to pay.

4 posted on 06/14/2006 2:41:08 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Totally. My hubby is an ER Doc and he is bilingual. Many illegals come in to use ER as family doc. I keep telling him to call ICE and report them all!

5 posted on 06/14/2006 2:41:26 PM PDT by pitinkie (revenge will be sweet)
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To: pitinkie

Report them to who? To where?
ICE doesn't have it together either. Yeesh. I will pray for your husband, the doc..he is going to need it...cause illegals can sue and win. How bizzare is that?

6 posted on 06/14/2006 2:43:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Moderate Mooslims.....what's that?)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Of course I know he cant really report them..violate their "rights".

7 posted on 06/14/2006 2:49:12 PM PDT by pitinkie (revenge will be sweet)
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To: TomGuy

Actually when the amnesty goes thru all those new low-paid, low-skilled people will be eligible for medical (or whatever it is called in your state). The hospitals will get paid it will just be thru the state/fed govt's.

As it is now, they put in a 000-00-000 SS# and get pd a fraction.

8 posted on 06/14/2006 2:49:35 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Let's just call it what it is, a preview of "hillarycare" i.e. Socialized Medicine.

If we have this happening with just the illegals sucking up the freebies, think what hospitals and doctors offices would look like if EVERYONE got it free. We may as well go back to tree root poltices and sulfa drugs.

"The true blind are not those who cannot see, it's those who WILL NOT SEE."
9 posted on 06/14/2006 2:51:36 PM PDT by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down...)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Which is why health insurance for the rest of us costs so much.

10 posted on 06/14/2006 3:24:58 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: FrankR

Suppose you own a restaurant and serve dinners for 10 dollars suppose you have a regular clientele that patronizes your place and pays 10 dollars a meal....and further, suppose the governmnet decides that since food is essential that you must serve dinner to anyone who comes in your restaurant and you can not determine who or when they will come in... now, these people have no means nor intention to pay for their dinners, and they are 4 times more likely to file a suit against you than are your usual clientele for tainted food, slip and fall accidents or whatever imagined fault they can find. Just how long do you suppose you would stay in business? Well, folks, that is the ER department's dilema. You and I are paying for their ER losses in terms of higher hospital bills and insurance's simply hidden socialism....but now with mangled care, the losses are more difficult to pass on to unsuspecting schleps like us so ER's are closing as are hospitals in areas of the country where this is most prevelent - but the problem is spreading and coming to a hospital near you!!

11 posted on 06/14/2006 3:28:59 PM PDT by Froggie
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To: tom paine 2

the whole thing is so disgusting....its the whole being held hostage and threatend by the "entitlement victims".

12 posted on 06/14/2006 6:16:19 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Moderate Mooslims.....what's that?)
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