Hot Topic (4/1): Do people use the Emergency Room inappropriately?
As moms our children's health is important. We all agree about that.
However, often even insured moms take their kids to the Emergency Room when they do not have a true emergency. The California Health Care Foundation says:
One of the key challenges facing emergency departments (EDs) nationwide is a marked increase in use, driven primarily by insured patients who do not have true emergencies. With the troubling trend in California of emergency room closures, it is important to examine the factors that lead to inappropriate emergency room use.
Have you ever gone to the Emergency Room when you didn't have a true emergency? Why do you think people do so? Do you consider it a problem or just inevitable considering the state of the health care system?