Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category.
The state ranked 38th overall (a "D+") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care environment," according to the group's press release. Texas also flunked the Quality and Patient Safety Environment category, coming in at number 42, as well as the Public Health and Injury Prevention category, settling in at a cozy 49. (We must say that we feel the report card was skewed toward the academic, as it did not include extracurricular activities such as jazz band, theater and basketball, which we feel makes a state more "well-rounded.")
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"The two best grades Texas earned were a C for Disaster Preparedness and an A for Medical Liability Environment," according to the release.
The report card "evaluates conditions under which emergency care is being delivered, not the quality of care provided by hospitals and emergency providers." Washington, D.C., nabbed the top spot; Wyoming came in last.
Dr. Richard Robinson, president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, stated in the release. "Texas' failing grade in Access to Emergency Care is unacceptable. Texas is home to some of the finest medical centers and most notable healthcare providers in the world, however, many of our citizens have few to no resources (health insurance, disposable income, etc.) available to access those healthcare systems and professionals under the current model. Ironically, the current environment in Texas seems to prove that the best medical centers and healthcare professionals in the world cannot help you if you are unable to access them in a timely manner."
We hope that Texas considers summer school, and maybe perhaps some in-home tutoring, so we can totally kick D.C.'s ass next year.