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

provide universal health insurance.  These hospitals provided a disproportionate amount of medical care to the uninsured and are now suffering the economic consequences of that burden.  Deaconess lost more than $13 million in 2008 alone.  Only 10 percent of United Medical Center's patients have private insurance, making it nearly impossible for that hospital to operate without a deficit.  St. Vincent's, which has been a beacon of hope to some of New York City's poorest residents, loses millions of dollars every month.  

"This problem affects everyone, not just the poor and the uninsured.  Emergency departments provide a safety net for everyone in a community, rich and poor, insured and uninsured.  The closure of an ER doesn't stop the flow of patients – they simply turn to other ERs for care.  Every hospital has its breaking point, including those in affluent areas.

"The nation's emergency care system is in critical condition.  The political will for health care reform may be fading, but the need to shore up our nation's emergency departments is as urgent as ever."  

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, resear
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