"Sen. Barack Obama's wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don't have private insurance -- primarily poor, black people -- to other health care facilities."
"Michelle Obama -- currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital -- helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment. Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants."
And here I thought The Obama's cared about the less fortunate?!
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:28 PM on Jul. 27, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Jul. 27, 2009
That is not patient dumping and it serves and very real and practical need. They directed them to clinic that can help them with their medical needs That ARE NOT an emergency. I agree that there are alot of poor people going to the emergency room for things that can be taken care of by a normal doctor. That they aren't emergencies. If there were more clinics like that for low-income people it would help everyone. Especially the ERs.
patient dumping. nice
Answer by soonmommyof3 at 8:40 PM on Jul. 27, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Jul. 27, 2009
"The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of "redirecting" low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP's president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a statement suggesting that the initiative comes "dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor."