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8 Comments

  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    March 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    In Florida, I think the ER has the right to refuse to treat a patient once it is established that it is not an emergency and are told to see their provider. I am available 24/7 on call and we have nurses who triage for me to keep patients from going to the ER unnecessarily. Does it work? Most times not, because the pt goes to the ER without calling the after hours. They claim that they didn’t know…yeah right…


  • Julie
    Julie

    March 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    This is a massive problem and is the reason why General Pratitioners in the UK increasingly ‘front end’ ER departments here. The patient is triaged and then if it is something that should have been seen in a primary care type place they are seen, treated and sent away. No amount of education seems to help since you don’t need to plan, make an appointment or wait longer than the queue in the ER. Maybe you can come up with a solution and make that first million?


  • locums
    locums

    March 26, 2011 at 1:27 am

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  • Efoghor Joseph Ezie
    Efoghor Joseph Ezie

    April 7, 2011 at 1:39 am

    That is just the nature of man. Everyone wants to manipulate the next person to his own advantage. People to want to get things and avoid paying the price.People want to be regarded for what they are not.
    The best thing everyone must learn is how to be sincere to your fellow men even if it would cost you something.
    People should be able to trust whatever you tell them because they know you to be an honest person.


  • nurseygurl
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    April 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    What happened to the QMP Fad?

    At times, qualified medical persons may medically screen non-emergent cases. If a qualified medical person determines that a patient?s medical condition is non-emergent and non-urgent upon completion of the medical screening exam, the following options will be represented to the patient:
    Stay to see the Emergency Department physician for care and treatment after being registered and paying the hospital and physician fees, for such medical care and treatment.
    Follow-up with a family physician.
    Seek medical care and treatment at a community clinic. A list of community resources will be attached for reference by the patient.


  • Eric
    Eric

    November 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    “…. the cost of seeing the eight children will be one hundred times higher in the emergency department than in the clinic.”

    “, there is a $1000 ambulance bill and it?s at least $1000 to walk in the ER. ”

    Right there is the REAL fraud and abuse. Those charges are insane. The entire medical industry needs to be revamped.


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