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ACEP Raises Alarm over Emergency Department Closures
Date:2/23/2010

"Closing these emergency departments will have a disastrous effect — not just on the people who rely on them for emergency care — but also on the neighboring hospitals that will have to absorb more emergency patients.  

"If you think your ER is crowded now, wait until one in your community closes and then see how bad crowding can get.  As people lose jobs or continue to be unemployed, they lose health insurance.  Where do they turn for medical help when all other doors are closed to them?  Consider the 25,000 people in 2009 who reached their lifetime caps on private health insurance.  Where do they turn for medical help?  

"The answer to all these questions is the emergency department.  It is the one place people have always been able to rely on to get care when they need it, but every time an ER closes that care becomes a little harder to get.  We are all only one step away from a medical emergency, and where will you turn for help when the emergency department closes?  

"The crises at Deaconess, St. Vincent's and United Medical Center are grim reminders of what can happen when nothing is done to
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