Texas Receives A Gentlemen's C For Its Emergency Rooms
The bright side of the latest report by the American College of Emergency Physicians is that Texas did not get a failing grade in its efforts to provide emergency-room access and care to residents.
On the other hand, we're not making the Honor Roll or anything.
ACEP gave Texas a C, placing it 29th among the states in terms of ER care.
How do we suck? Let us count the ways.
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We have the most uninsured adults and uninsured children. We're among the worst states in having ER access to orthopedists, hand surgeons and -- not to put too fine a point on it -- ER doctors and nurses.
We also get dinged for having no motorcycle-helmet law and being the 5th-highest state when it comes to alcohol-related traffic deaths.
On the other hand, the state has "a healthy medical-liability environment." We're guessing that "a healthy medical-liability environment" might mean one thing to doctors and another thing to victims of medical malpractice, and the lawyers who represent them.
-- Richard Connelly
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