Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Emergency Rooms in 'Serious Condition'

The nation’s emergency care system itself is ailing, warns a new health care analysis.

(How does your state stack up?)

“The emergency health care system’s in serious condition. We have a safety net for health care that is frayed,” said Dr. Stephen Epstein, an emergency care physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The American College of Emergency Physicians released its first ever report card on emergency care Tuesday. Experts said the report highlighted an overburdened and under-funded emergency care system and cautioned that the current system has no capacity to handle a major disaster or a potential flu pandemic.

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