October 9, 2012California HealthlineOctober 9, 2012
In California, the risk of going to the emergency department for
certain conditions increases slightly as temperature and humidity
rise, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology,
One in five patients who went to the emergency room were not sick
enough to require an inpatient bed, but said they sought the
emergency department because their primary care doctor told them
to go there, according to a federal survey.
Attempts at health care reform have aimed to increase access. The
U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations in the world that
does not provide universal health care to its citizens, and the
emergency department (ER) is widely believed to be the place
where no one can be denied care there. So — in essence –
everyone can get free health care if they need it. That, of
course, is not true.