Trauma ahead at Texas emergency rooms

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    trauma ahead at texas emergency rooms
    texas trauma centers and emergency rooms are overflowing, and it's time to take action to contain the flood. among the problems: growing population, increasing number of uninsured residents, unabated illegal immigration and persistent misuse of these facilities for primary care.
    fort worth star-telegram, may. 14, 2007
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  3. by   fvestar
    Wow...So far, what, if anything, is being done to fix the situation? This problem is rapidly affecting alot of other states in the southwest and elsewhere since so many individuals are moving from larger cities to smaller cities/towns in the US.
  4. by   purplemania
    I think one answer would be to have clinics operated by nurse pratitioners that were backed by the State or Federarl Govt. People without insurance flood the ED for non-trauma situations that are "emergency" to them. But these clinics would not be able to support themselves due to the indigent patients. THey have to go somewhere for care--------------------
  5. by   subee
    Quote from purplemania
    I think one answer would be to have clinics operated by nurse pratitioners that were backed by the State or Federarl Govt. People without insurance flood the ED for non-trauma situations that are "emergency" to them. But these clinics would not be able to support themselves due to the indigent patients. THey have to go somewhere for care--------------------

    As hard core as I am against illegal immigration (eventually they will need all the entitlements of Medicaid, Social Security, etc. draining the system, blah, blah), I cannot stomach denying acute health care. Cities located near borders should have hospitals where they go in the American side and come out on the Mexican side. No babies born there will would be American citizens. I work with a very diverse group of people and all patiently waited for their turn to come in. Most illegals now are young, healthy and hard-working (but that doesn't mean they should be here). However, eventually they're gonna break down like the rest of us and then the entitlement system will come tumbling down.
  6. by   TraumaNurseRN
    hahahaha...love the disposition out the back door and back to their own country...hahahaha
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    perhaps we could have some clinics set up on that the other side of the border
    get some volunteers/students who can help, perhaps divide it inot tow parts one for walk ins and one part for scheduled appts
    the only thing that will change the status of babies who ae born here is for a consti
    admendent because the constitution is what dictates this
  8. by   HeyJude
    Quote from TraumaNurseRN
    hahahaha...love the disposition out the back door and back to their own country...hahahaha
    Gonna be pretty hard to discharge a Honduran back to his home country by walking out the back door.

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