More US patients going to emergency rooms as alternative to primary care, report says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 23 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3398
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

US emergency physicians are increasingly being called on to provide services to patients who lack access to primary care, to evaluate complex outpatient cases, and to serve as gatekeepers to hospitals, a new report has concluded.1

The report was produced by the RAND Corporation, an independent, non-profit policy research organization that is based in Santa Monica, California, and was commissioned by the Emergency Medicine Action Fund, an advocacy organization founded by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

RAND officials said that the research was conducted independently and that the study’s sponsor had no control over …

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