Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Emergency doctors can help lower costs

As the nation implements health care reform, emergency care has never been more important. We treat everyone, from babies to seniors, and we see the full spectrum of medical problems that exist. We are available at all times for all people.

A new report by the RAND Corporation finds that emergency physicians are playing a role in reducing health care costs. This report urges policymakers and hospital administrators to pay closer attention to the role that emergency physicians can play in evaluating, managing and preventing hospital admissions. Four out of five of those who called their doctor first were referred to us for evaluation and treatment.

The sickest patients in our communities present to us for care, and we play a key role in determining where their care can be delivered most effectively and efficiently. Emergency departments must be fully integrated in health care delivery systems.

William Jaquis, Baltimore

The writer is director of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Unaffordable care in Bel Air
    Unaffordable care in Bel Air

    I am 59 years old, have been a practicing family physician for 30 years and I can't wait to pay my new health care premium for 2015. This past year, I paid $680 a month for my wife and me with a $5,400 deductible. With the Affordable Care Act, in 2015, I will be paying $700 a month with a...

  • What's the bang for our health exchange buck?
    What's the bang for our health exchange buck?

    The article, "Health exchange enrolls over 100,000 people" (Dec. 17), was informative, and I hope reporter Meredith Cohn has a follow up.

  • Gruber and his liberal lies
    Gruber and his liberal lies

    Nice coverage of the Jonathan Gruber hearing which amounted to, I think, about 60 words ("Obamacare adviser sorry for comments," Dec. 10). He appeared to spend most of the time denying, lying and obfuscating — true traits of liberals these days.

  • Health exchange still a hassle
    Health exchange still a hassle

    I found The Sun's editorial, "Beyond the website" (Nov. 23), about how well the new-and-improved Maryland Health Connection had launched to be ironic and not in a good way. Perhaps you should have looked beyond the health insurance website itself to see if the system really had been improved...

  • Md. health exchange still a problem
    Md. health exchange still a problem

    No matter what one hears, the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange is still a difficult system to navigate ("Give yourself the gift of quality health care," Dec. 3). I have spent the last week trying to create an account, but since my situation isn't typical, I am on my own. The insurance...

  • Give yourself the gift of quality health care
    Give yourself the gift of quality health care

    It's December and quickly creeping toward the next holiday season. We have had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. How about taking a step back and giving a gift to yourself?

  • Getting help with health exchange
    Getting help with health exchange

    We couldn't agree more with the importance of consumers getting in-person assistance when they purchase health insurance ("Obamacare: Beyond the website," Nov. 21). That's why the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform named Maryland's connector entities with their navigators and...

  • How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?
    How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?

    It saddens me to see the former congressman and governor of Maryland salivating with anticipation at the thought of depriving millions of Americans of decent health insurance by rolling back the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare is a varsity stinker," Nov. 23).

Comments
Loading