Oregon’s emergency care system just scored below average on a national review of emergency medicine. The American College of Emergency Physicians is behind the study, and while they don’t officially release results until Tuesday, they’ve already said that nationally Americans might not receive the lifesaving emergency care we’ve come to expect.
Oregon isn’t alone. Emergency rooms across the country are overcrowded and under resourced. And with a troubled economy leading to unemployment and loss of insurance, more and more Americans are skipping on medical visits and using emergency rooms for health care needs.
What are your experiences with emergency rooms around the state? Do you work in emergency care, or have you recently gone to an ER for medical help? Where is the state?s emergency system working, and where is it falling short? How, ideally, should emergency care fit into the overall healthcare system?
- Sandra Schneider: Vice president of The American College of Emergency Physicians and an attending physician at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY
- John McConnell: Associate professor and health economist at in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.
- Dan Handel: Clinical director and emergency room physician at Oregon Health and Science University.
- Evan Saulino: Family practice physician at Portland’s Providence.