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Non-medical staff play key role in healthcare access for uninsured patients

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7450.1220-d (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1220
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Non-medical staff play a major role in decisions affecting access to care for uninsured patients in clinics in the United States and in the admissions areas of three large urban medical centres, a new study shows (Medical Care 2004;42:306-12). But they are also ambivalent about dealing with a system that discourages care for people without insurance, it adds.

    Dr Saul Weiner, of the department of medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and colleagues write that each year many of the more than 40 million Americans without health care insurance seek routine (non-emergency) services they cannot afford, but most providers …

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