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Doctors Leaving Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Look to Cut Costs, Raising Concerns for Patient Care

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Hospitals across the United States are facing financial pressures and are looking for ways to cut costs, which has led to a reduction in the number of emergency room (ER) physicians on staff.
  • The article notes that this trend is particularly concerning given the critical role that ER doctors play in treating patients who are experiencing life-threatening conditions or other medical emergencies.
  • According to the article, the shortage of ER doctors can lead to longer wait times, lower quality of care, and increased risk of medical errors, which can have serious consequences for patients and their families.

A recent article by Kaiser Health News highlights the disturbing trend of a reduction in the number of emergency room (ER) physicians in hospitals across the United States due to financial pressures. This worrying development is having a significant impact on patient care, as ER doctors play a critical role in treating patients who are experiencing life-threatening conditions or other medical emergencies.

“Emergency care is a lifesaving service, and it is essential that hospitals ensure adequate staffing levels to provide timely and high-quality care to patients.”

As stated by Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians

The shortage of ER doctors can lead to longer wait times and increased risk of medical errors, which can have serious consequences for patients and their families.

The article also raises important questions about the financial pressures facing hospitals and the impact on patient care.

“Hospitals are under enormous pressure to reduce costs, but cutting back on emergency care is not the answer… We need to ensure that emergency departments have the resources they need to provide the best possible care to patients.”

As noted by Dr. Greg Moran, president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine

It is critical for hospitals and healthcare providers to prioritize patient safety and the well-being of their staff, including emergency room physicians, in their efforts to cut costs. The shortage of ER doctors is a cause for concern and underscores the need for more support and resources for emergency room doctors to ensure the highest quality of care for patients.

Source: khn.org

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Graywolf12

    February 16, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    A part of the extensive plan on [population control. The aged, very young and those in poor health will suffer the most and die off earlier. success story for the population prediction team. s

  2. CharlieSeattle

    February 16, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Just part of the NWO depopulation plan!

  3. max

    February 16, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    well, we are already doing so well, in medical care and without socialized medical care yet. Just wait till that happens. It will get worse in a hurry. that is the next step. See to control people and be a certain agenda as in the same as russia and china no guns and socialized medicine is needed. you can figure out why.

  4. Gina

    February 17, 2023 at 12:52 am

    Hopefully even short-staffed they will still find time to make cutesy dance videos to post online like they did when they were “overwhelmed” with covid patients. Those were swell. And maybe if they’d only mandate more risky injections the doctors would want to stay. Sounds like hospitals already burned through the many dollars they made terminating people with their covid protocols: isolate, sedate, ventilate, then Remdesivir for the kill. It’s so hard to figure out why hospitals are struggling now. It’s so baffling. Kind of like all those “experts” who are baffled by this new phenomenon of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Baffled by the obvious.

  5. ARJAY

    February 17, 2023 at 3:20 am

    What happened with all those EXTRA tens of thousands of BONUS dollars they got for all those c o v 1 9 patients?! After all, EVERYBODY had c o v 1 9! The hospitals should be set for at least a couple of years or so with the surplus monies they got.

  6. florence

    February 17, 2023 at 8:16 am

    wow. Listening to these comments makes me realize this country is a lot sicker than I thought, and I mean those writers!

  7. Vetmike

    February 17, 2023 at 8:32 am

    I am a retired Emergency Physician. The list of reasons why I and many others have left medicine is too long for this post but the most importantly ant reason is that hospitals are being drained of money and resources as they are forced to provide care to millions without any sort of health insurance. PPO’s negotiate deals that pay the hospital half what the visit actually costs then says the hospital cannot collect the difference. Medicare and Medicaid pay about the same with the same restrictions. And many EDs are simply swamped by people without insurance. A University Hospital was losing over $100M a year (this was two decades ago) and decided to close the ED. The State would not makeup the shortfall and would not let the Hospital close the ED. Shades of Atlas Shrugged

  8. Michael Benisch

    February 17, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Wow! This is all way too scary . Is this part of a wider plan? Is this all leading to population reduction? Well, it can’t be leading to longer lives, that’s for sure.

  9. Nicholas

    February 17, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    While it is true hospitals are required to treat patients with or without insurance, the writers fail to mention that hospitals bill the insurance providers excessive fees and that complain they only get paid like 24-35% of their charges. But they ignore the fact that in the billing is a charge like for $25 for an aspirin or the like what their cost is maybe $0.01/02 per pill. Yes there is the delivery to the patient of maybe $2.00. Any business would like to have an 8000%?markup on their costs. So the $8-10 reimbursement fee is justified. Or an infusion treatment being billed at over $50000 for a 2 hour process. How about the free dollars the hospitals get from the Fed for research? Yea baby of the small HX are possibly losing money treating non insured patients but they made the decision of where to locate. My recent experience in the HX ER in a major Philadelphia HX, with FULL INSURANCE, I waited 8 hrs 15 minutes and still did NOT SEE A MEDICAL PERSON. While it appeared non insurance persons came were treated and left, walking out of the ER. That was a TOTAL FAILURE of the ER system. Since I have as driven there I contracted a Uber and went home untreated by the system. I reported it but received a sorry message.

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