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So here’s the simplest thing ― you raise your hands and you think about it ― here’s the simplest thing: Figure out an affordable rate and let people use that ― something that won’t undermine your quality of life, won’t interfere with your ability to make expenses, won’t interfere with your ability to save money for your kid’s college education. And let people buy in to Medicare or Medicaid.
originally posted by: justme2
My typical night in the ED consists of seeing pt's that shouldn't be there. I do realize that it is a "safety net" for some, and that is perfectly fine. However - those pt's make up maybe 1%. Then we have another 1% with actual emergencies, and the other 98% consist of true non-emergent pt's that heavily monopolize resources in the ED.
You've had a cold for 2 days? But now at 0300 it's an emergency? NO. Non emergent.
You've thrown up *once* today but are now chomping down on a bag of doritos? Non emergent
You've stubbed your toe, and want "some of that medicine that starts with a D" -- NO, NO, NO. Non emergent.
These are the type of pt's that should be billed in full for their care. Not their insurance.
Those with conditions that could mimic life threatening ones, but turn out not to be SHOULD be covered.
Generally, unless you are starting to look like a smurf - the ER is not the place for the cold or flu.