Another reason that I like sushi. Man goes to hospital for abdominal pain. Doctors believe he has appendicitis. Surgery shows that he swallowed a 1.5” bristle from the brush he used to clean his barbecue and the bristle had perforated his colon.
Six Indiana emergency physicians resign after hospital outsources contract to national emergency medicine contract management group.
CDC reports that 80% of people who use the emergency department do so because they have no access to an alternate physician (.pdf file). 48% of patients went to the ED because their physician’s office was not open and 46% went to the ED because there was “no other place to go.” But don’t worry, patients! Health care reform will give you health care insurance! And you still won’t have access to an alternate physician. Remember one of WhiteCoat’s rules: Health care insurance doesn’t guarantee you access to health care any more than automobile insurance guarantees you access to a car.
Knoxville, TN area hospital closes its doors. Now patients in the town are 40 miles away from the nearest open hospital. Community member aptly states “people will die because it’s not open.”
Peninsula Hospital in Long Island closed its doors last month because New York State wouldn’t provide the hospital lab with appropriate certifications. Now that summer is here, beachgoers who suffer injuries or near-drownings may not get to the next closest hospital for timely treatment due to increased travel times.
The down side to patients considering medical tourism: ““If something goes wrong, they are in deep shit.” Man chronicles story of son who went to Thailand to study. Developed weakness in foot and died 11 days later. Father believes son was murdered for black market organ harvesting.
Hey! You’re not Debra Peel. You’re Joanne Doroshow! Illinois brainiac tries to get prescriptions from the emergency department by giving different names at different hospitals. Now he’s in the Greybar Motel.