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One Year After: A Tribute From an ER Physician

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

On April 15, 2013, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked to Mass General Hospital to begin my ER shift. It was the day of Boston marathon, and we were prepared for the usual influx of people with heatstroke and dehydration. Just before 3 p.m., we received the call that nobody could have predicted.

College Age Is the In-Between Stage

Ashley McDonald | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Ashley McDonald

Only one more year until I'm thrust into the real world, with a real job, making (hopefully) real money. I'll have a little debt to pay off. I'll have to file my own taxes and pay my own bills and take myself to the doctor's when I'm sick. Am I excited? Of course. Am I scared out of my wits? Totally.

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

Peace of Mind for 30 Cents

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Despite the online technology glitches, Bishnu worked through the application process with the help of a dedicated application counselor. When her insurance card arrived at her home, Bishnu's happiness was palpable.

Life Lessons From A Concussion

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Sure, I am aware there are potential dangers lurking in any home. But the scenario that played out in my mom's kitchen was not one I had ever considered. But I gained a new perspective from this experience. A jolt to the brain, both literally and in the best of ways.

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy or inexpensive for many people.

A Sentence No Parent Should Ever Hear

Eric W. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

A woman from the hospital asked me if I had any friends or family that they could call for me. I shook my head yes. They asked me for the number. I handed them my phone and pointed to my parents in the contact list.

Obamacare Could Cause Longer Wait Times At ERs

Reuters | SUSAN HEAVEY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People seeking urgent medical could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emerg...

An ER Christmas Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Adam C. Levine

It seems that many in Washington remain quite worried about America's long-term budget-deficit. From my front row seat on the ground floor of the hospital, though, I remain far more worried about America's long-term compassion-deficit.

Over the River and Through the Woods -- To the ER We Go?

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Unless you want to spend Thanksgiving with me in the ER, a little common sense and an ounce or prevention go a long way!

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Healthcare and Financial Disaster: We All Know Someone, Even the President

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Many many Americans have known and still do know people who have become fragile economically because they fell ill. People should not have to spend their last days worrying about health care costs. We are a civilized nation and now we are beginning to act like one.

2 Ways to Save Your Life Today

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Adam C. Levine

As any of my emergency medicine colleagues can attest, not having health insurance can be painful, debilitating, humiliating and deadly.

Facing Death Or Life In A Hospital Emergency Room

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Fred was in serious trouble. He had cancer and kidney disease, was taking 12 different medicines a day on various prescriptions, suffered near sleeplessness and acknowledged he was suicidal. He called us in crisis.

From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

As we celebrate this year's Nurses Week, I am reminded of the Hippocrates saying that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This, too, I learn through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.

Breaking It Down: The Patient Code Status

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Here are a few important and often unrecognized considerations that patients and their families should be aware of when discussing code status with their health care team.

In Psychiatric Emergencies, Emergency Rooms Not Always Safe

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Communities need specially-designed psychiatric emergency departments. Private insurance companies should provide more and better community care for persons with psychiatric problems, and more community alternative programs for persons in emotional distress should be developed.

Community Health Care Expansions Often Depend on Partnerships

Vincent A. Keane | Posted 02.13.2013 | DC
Vincent A. Keane

Community health centers fill a vital need in our health care system. Every day they work long hours to provide quality care at prices that people can afford, and in a way that takes into account the challenges that they face in their lives.

What If 'Home for the Holidays' Is Your Local ER?

Jane Heller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Over the course of my 20-year marriage, my husband Michael has developed an uncanny knack for having medical crises on national holidays -- crises that inevitably require a trip to the emergency room of whatever hospital is within striking distance.

'Inappropriate Use of the ER': An Emergency Physician's Flirtation With the ER

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Policymakers should be aware that even well-informed patients with good access to primary care need the ER. Legislation should aim to increase availability of primary care, but not penalize for use of emergency services.

When You Can't Catch a Break

Mark Bazer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy
Mark Bazer

Here's what you don't want when you visit the ER for a sports injury. You don't want the doctor to tell you nothing is wrong with you -- and then offer you a sling on the way out like a pediatrician giving out stickers.

Dad Sent 'Outlandish' Bill For Snake Bite

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.15.2012 | Money

The snake bite must have hurt, but the sting felt after receiving the hospital bill was even worse. Daniel Joseph, a 17-year-old from Centennial, ...

'Obamacare' and the Life and Death of Brian Anders

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

If you don't have health insurance, will you still get the medical care you need? A silly question, you're probably thinking: The answer is obvious -- agonizingly so for the nearly 50 million Americans without coverage.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Emergency Rooms

Emily Spitzer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

The second way to interpret Romney's remarks is not as a rejection of the question's premise, but a refusal to recognize consequences. If you're having a heart attack you can always go to the emergency room? He may have well as said, "Hey, no one is going to die if we don't do anything."

Our 5-Hour, $10,000 Visit to the ER

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

It's easy, when you have a degree of financial security, to have a real disconnect from the financial challenges that so many Americans face today. Yet our ER experience brought those challenges into sharp relief for me, and the impression wasn't pleasant.