The emergency care rooms are over-used by the patients who do not need the emergency services. This has been one of the biggest problem affecting the emergency healthcare systems in the country nowadays.
The Scope of the problem
From research conducted in 2016 by three of the best institutions in the country, it showed that one-third of the American population had used the emergency rooms in hospitals to seek medical assistance. Most of the Americans who seek medical help in the emergency rooms do not necessarily need emergency services. Similar research was carried out in 1990 and published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) in 2014, shows that about 37 percent of the emergency room visits were not urgent.
Florida State is in line with the country’s average non-urgent appointments to the emergency wing. It is in line with this that a health news reporter by the name of Abe Aboraya interviewed a Harvard based lawyer for his opinion about the matter and the following was his opinion. Professor Blend said that in the past two years, about one-third of the Floridians have managed to visit the emergency rooms to seek non-urgent health care needs.
Emergency Doctors Opinion
Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is one of the emergency doctors that was interviewed. He gave a candid opinion on the matter. That patients tend to go to the emergency rooms because they feel like they will not be able to get the amount of attention as the one given to emergency room patients. Furthermore, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel cites his argument from the Annals of Emergency Medicine published in 1991. About 35 patients having minor injuries were asked why the wanted to be dressed at the emergency rooms and most of them claimed that it would take forever to book an appointment with their primary care provider. Therefore, they opted for the emergency rooms where they are given attention quickly. Additionally, from the research, more African American Floridians are likely to seek medical assistance from emergency rooms as compared to their Caucasian counterparts.