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Minority Patients at Higher Risk of Having Ambulances Diverted
Date:8/6/2012

anagement and the regulation of diversion policies.

"Emergency departments and trauma centers are closing more frequently in areas with vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities," Hsia said. "This is a systems-level health disparities issue that requires changing the 'upstream' determinants of access to emergency care. It's not just a problem at the level of the emergency department itself, but of the hospital and entire system."

The study appears in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs.

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Visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health to learn more about health disparities.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, Aug. 6, 2012


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