Nearly two-thirds of emergency physicians in Massachusetts report more patients are seeking emergency care as result of state health care reforms, and nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts residents say emergency department wait times for them have increased or remained the same.
"This is clear evidence of what emergency physicians across the country have been warning — that universal health coverage alone will not solve the problems facing emergency patients," said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of ACEP. "We support universal coverage, but national healthcare reform must address the severe problems facing the nation’s emergency patients, such as dangerous delays in care. For example, it’s unacceptable that emergency patients who need to be seen in 1 to 14 minutes are being seen in twice that timeframe [GAO 2009]."
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