Published in the New York Times


The New York Times published a letter-to-the-editor on June 13 sent by ACEP President Dr. Nick Jouriles.

In the letter, which was a response to a June 5 article on H1N1, Dr. Jouriles said that the nation must reform our emergency care system if we are at all serious about preparing for the next pandemic.

Dr. Jouriles wrote that the question “policy makers and the public should be asking is this: If our emergency rooms were overwhelmed by the “worried well” fearing they had H1N1, what would happen during a more deadly outbreak of disease?

And it wasn’t just the uninsured. It was everyone, especially those with family doctors who actually protected their offices by sending flu cases to emergency rooms.

Our emergency rooms are on the brink of collapse right now, and yet no discussion of health care reform seems to acknowledge that. If we do nothing now to shore up the nation’s emergency medical care system, the next pandemic could show us what catastrophe really looks like.”

  1. #1 by Robert - July 2nd, 2009 at 11:48

    It’s a pretty silly for [selected few] GPs to send suspected flu cases to ED.

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