Monday, November 21, 2005

Specialists On Call in the ED

From MSNBC, based on the briefing referenced in the previous post:

Many hospitals, including a few in the Dayton area, are finding it difficult to get specialist doctors to respond to emergency room calls.

Some specialist physicians, such as neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons, are resisting being on call for emergency rooms, where many of the patients have less ability to pay the doctors for their services than the patients specialists treat through referrals from primary care doctors.

Losing those kinds of services can leave emergency room patients and hospitals in a lurch. It also has the potential to compromise access to care at emergency rooms and raise health care costs if hospitals pay specialists to respond, according to a new study from the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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