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Date:10/31/2007

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Patients with private insurance were consistently more likely to receive appropriate treatment, while patients seen in government hospitals, either state or county, were consistently less likely to get the optimum care.

These data suggest that the burden of inappropriate care is borne more by minorities and the poor than by others, says Pham. They also suggest that we still have much work to do to ensure that everyone receives equitable care.

Our findings lend support to the need for meaningful measures of ED performance, such as length of stay and return to ED within 72 hours, and for monitoring to assure improvement, Pham says.


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