I try to keep my opinions on certain subjects to myself but this is one I just have to talk about. I work in a hospital, doing financial counseling. The majority of the time I see patients that come into our emergency room who do not have insurance.
What I want to know is when did a hospital emergency room become a substitute for a primary care doctor? When did it become ok to go to the ER for non-emergencies? If you have ever worked in a hospital you will understand what I’m talking about.
On a daily basis I see patients who come to the ER during hours when a doctor would normally be the office, with symptoms and complaints that could be handled by a primary care doctor. Instead they come to the ER which then ties up the ER staff and if a true emergency comes in they are stretched thin trying to care for everyone.
Is this something that happens all across the country? Or is this just specific to this area of the country? Is this due to “healthcare reform” or have people just forgotten what an emergency really is?
Stepping off my soapbox now…