Insta-Opinions: Kevin, M.D. notes the many misuses of emergency care, and wonders if it isn't mostly about poor access to specialist and primary care. That may be part of it, but most of it is sheer convenience. Some people would rather go to the ER at nine or ten o'clock at night because it's more convenient - the malls are closed, school's out, work's over, and seeing the doctor then won't cut into more valuable time.
And there's the use of the ER for a quick second opinion, or third, or fourth. The nice thing about the ER from the this perspective is that everytime you go there you get a different doctor. And you get all the tests you need in one place. In fact, you don't even have to walk to your tests. You get rolled to them in a wheelchair or gurney. I recall one guy who had been to the ER five times in one week for a rash he had for months. Not only had he already seen his primary care doctor, he had also seen a dermatologist. Just shopping for an agreeable diagnosis.
posted by Sydney on
6/17/2004 11:01:00 PM