The overuse of the emergency department in the healthcare systems is one of the most significant problems in the country as of today.
The extent of the problem
From a survey conducted in 2106 by the National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, it was noted that about one-third of the country’s population go the emergency rooms when seeking medical care. Furthermore, from a compilation of detailed data found in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), a 2014 version, the information is a mirror copy of the recent report. It expounds further than about 37% of the emergency room visits were declared not an emergency at either before being examined for after the doctor’s examination.
The great State of Florida conquered with the county’s average of the non-urgent visits to the emergency rooms. Therefore, to understand this scenario further, Abe Aboraya, a healthcare journalist sought to understand more and thus from the interview conducted by his, with a Harvard based professor Robert Blendon helped in shading light to the matter. Professor Blendon said that about one-third of the Floridians had used emergency rooms for non-urgent reasons in the past two years.
Emergency Room Doctor’s Opinion
One of the interviewed emergency room doctors was Dr. Eric Forsthoefel. He claimed to have witnessed hundreds if not thousands of non-urgent cases at his place of work. According to his, all the confusion is the lack of proper primary medical care for the people in the regular wings. Therefore, they feel that if they come to the emergency rooms, they ought to be given much attention. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel, thus, says that with them, they attend to patients equally. However, the over flocking of the non-urgent patient in the emergency rooms stretches the hospital resources.
Additionally, he stated that the staff at the emergency centers have to work harder to keep up with the need to provide the best care possible regardless of the massive load on them. However, it is always a challenge to maintain the patient’s overflow.