Topic: emergency room
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September 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM
First, let me say that I believe that The Times did a wonderful job of explaining the Affordable Care Act. [“Insuring health: Navigating your way through the Affordable Care Act,” Section J, Sept. 22.]
With today’s political parties playing fast and loose with the facts, your insert was absolutely necessary.
To the Army veteran, now student, who is skeptical of Obamacare, I would say: OK, this is your choice to make. I defend your right to do so.
But I would call a screeching halt when he states that he will deal with the consequences if he gets in an accident or something.
Once he is 27, and possibly earning little or no money (especially if he is still in school), who is going to pay his bill when he shows up at the emergency room?
One of the key benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that people without insurance now, can get insurance. Thus, the rest of us should not have to pay for uninsured people going to the emergency room.
Alan Zelt, Kenmore
May 31, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Provide mentally ill with inpatient services
The lack of access to psychiatric outpatient services and psychiatric inpatient care is creating a very dangerous situation for people with mental illnesses and for emergency patients in general [“Editorial: Stop ‘boarding’ mentally ill in emergency rooms,” Opinion, May 29]. These patients often wait several days for inpatient treatment, which may include being transferred to a hospital far away.
According to a 2008 survey of emergency-department directors, almost 80 percent said their hospital “boards” psychiatric patients in the emergency department instead of moving them to an inpatient bed.
Emergency rooms have become de facto psychiatric inpatient service providers, according to a recently published letter in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
The problem is at our doorstep. People with psychiatric emergencies have nowhere else to turn, and they are in a difficult circumstance waiting for inpatient psychiatric services.
Andrew Sama, president, American College of Emergency Physicians, Manhasset, N.Y.
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