Overcrowding and increased cost in the Emergency Room are two of the most complicated issues confronting patients in the United States today.
Overcrowding is often a result of the following factors:
- Lack of beds for patients admitted to the hospital.
- Delays in service provided by radiology, laboratory, and ancillary services.
- Shortage of nursing staff.
- Shortage of Specialty Doctors.
- Problems with language and cultural barriers.
- Medical record documentation requirements.
- Difficulty in arranging follow up care.
- Patients seeking care by a Specialist without a true emergency need.
The results of overcrowding at ER’s can put the safety of very ill patients at risk. It can prolong pain and suffering. Long waits incur dissatisfaction for patients.
There is only one true reason to visit the ER and that is in life threatening circumstances. For all non-life-threatening issues patients should consider alternatives including their primary care physician or an Urgent Care. It is estimated that approximately 75 % of Emergency Room visits by people with insurance do not require Emergency Room-level care. Given the limitations to access your Doctor at the time of your illness as like all people, they (your Physician) need time off to rest, particularly on nights and weekends. During these times patients need access to a skilled facility that provides trained professionals (and in some cases even Specialists if needed), diagnostic services, X-rays (radiologic services) and/or blood work. This setting helps to address the lack of access and decreases cost and improving outcomes.
Urgent Specialists (US) provide patients with a first of its kind service allowing effective diagnosing of symptoms and accurately using a collaborative model. US provide patients access to a network of Specialists where their care can be expedited by using technology (TELEHEALTH), direct communication with Specialists as well as appropriate follow up care in a timely fashion. This is what attracts patients to US. When a patient is referred to a Specialist the waiting time for an appointment can be up to six weeks. But when Urgent Specialists call a collaborating Physician, patients get access or appointments either the same day or soon after depending on the severity of the diagnosis.
Waiting in Emergency Rooms are the norm. In many cases the average wait can be in the range of 3.5 to 5 hours. Consumers have lost patience with this process but have little control to change it. When it comes to healthcare, choices can be hard for patients. When people are feeling sick or are injured, patients have to consider the urgency of their ailments, medical coverage or their budget when deciding their options. Urgent Specialists provide patients not only with affordable healthcare, accuracy when it comes to their diagnoses, access to Board Certified Specialists when necessary but also shorter waiting times, which is typically not found in the Emergency Room setting. Furthermore, we have the ability to admit patients to a hospital and perform surgical procedures at ambulatory surgery centers of the hospital when warranted.
The US team is striving to change delivery of healthcare by addressing the paradox of decreasing costs and improving outcomes.
When the time arises, it is our hope that you will trust US with your healthcare needs.
Dr. Robert Dean
Urgent Specialists’ CEO & Founder