A new approach to rural healthcare

From Consumer Affairs:

In healthcare, conventional wisdom holds that seeking treatment for a non-emergency condition in a hospital emergency room is both expensive and highly inefficient.

But a plan drafted by emergency physicians in Michigan turns that belief upside down, at least as far as rural communities are concerned.

Their study, published in the the “Annals of Emergency Medicine,” proposes a partnership between the ER and primary care providers to meet unique rural healthcare needs.

This partnership, the authors contend, could reverse the trend of failing health in underserved parts of the country.

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