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Old 07-05-2009, 04:55 PM
Brainiac Brainiac is offline
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Are emergency rooms really that big a drag on the medical system?

I have learned only this year that they are a problem.

Are they really free to the indigent?
The few times I've gone to emergency rooms they were really insistent that I pay. Nobody offered me anything free.

Do they automatically create a huge bill for a small complaint? I've heard this in the medical debates. That if only small clinics could treat the poor the costs would go down. But why exactly? Because in the emergency room the hospital gets an overhead cut? Because they just like to inflate costs when the government pays? Because they send surgeons to apply compresses? What?

If the answer is that they like to accept non-emergencies rather than turn the poor away, why not treat them next door at a separate clinic without the hospital overhead? Are they locked into the specific word "hospital" for free treatment?

Last edited by Brainiac; 07-05-2009 at 04:58 PM.


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