"You should not use the emergency department as the place to get primary care," Whitaker said. "For some reason, this is controversial. Emergency rooms should be used for emergencies. I'm shocked we should be getting into debates about this. An emergency room visit is $1,000. A doctor's visit is $100."... and...
If these patients are uninsured, other patients are paying the unnecessary extra $900 through higher insurance premiums, Whitaker said.
About 40 percent of the patients coming into the emergency room did not need emergency care and could sit for hours being bumped by patients who did. It makes sense for the hospital to divert those people to neighborhood clinics or other hospitals that focus on their needs such as pediatrics or geriatrics, he said._____
There are Tax Day Tea Parties all over the map tomorrow! I'm going to try to hit the Chicago get-together. You?
I'm off to Therapy Night at Rocko's to meet up with my best friends:
If you're in the neighborhood, come join us!
Update: Night three of insomnia, and I have the song from the old (60's) Camp Fire Girls song stuck in my head. Urk.