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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.

The Real Face of Health Care Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Ayers

The Waiting Room is a punch to the gut, an unblinking gaze at the real lives of people cast off and left out of the medical system in the U.S. Shot in cinema verité style, the film takes place entirely in the emergency room at Oakland's Highland Hospital.

Emergency Rooms Are on Life Support

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Even if the roadblocks to greater funding were to disappear, Governor Romney's "let them eat emergency rooms" stance doesn't begin to get at a way to fix our broken health care system. Ask any emergency room doctor.

Study Suggests Death More Likely For Patients Admitted On Weekends

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.07.2012 | Business

A new Johns Hopkins study has found that patients injured and hospitalized on the weekend are more likely to to die than patients admitted on a weekda...

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

E.R. Visits: A Costly Band-Aid for Troubled Students

Richard Buery | Posted 06.24.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Faced with a shortage of resources, educators are increasingly calling 911 when children act out, resulting not only in costly emergency room visits, but a failure to treat the underlying behavioral disorder.

Service in Resource-Poor Settings

Gifty Maria Ntim | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Gifty Maria Ntim

Leaving the academic world of residency to work in a community health center has made it apparent how complex it is to serve in a climate where money dictates who, what and how you are able to assist.

'Next Great Baker': Emergency Room Trip Is Good News?

Posted 02.19.2012 | TV

A victory for Heather Grubb turned into a loss of sorts on "Next Great Baker" (Mon., 9PM ET on TLC). After coming in the top three in a Christmas dess...

Astoria Characters: The Wild Things' Foster Mom

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Through the years, Donna Bungo has taken in a lot of animals; right now, four five-week-old squirrels are the only rescues in her family.

ER Crisis: Think, Plan, Act to Get Best Emergency Care in Urgent Situations

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

What's ailing our ERs? Simply put, they wrongly have become the venue of last resort for too many people for medical treatment. For many of us, there are better options, including urgent care or even retail clinics.

The Startling Cost Of Food Allergies

Posted 07.06.2011 | Food

A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology calculates that doctor visits, hospital care and lost work days due to food al...

Foxhole Faith: The Value Of Prayer When We Are Vulnerable

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

What if you haven't talked to God since your now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep days and you're not even sure God exists and then you're hit with a devastating loss or an emergency trip to the E.R.?

Toddler Loses Limbs When Infection Worsens During 5-Hour ER Wait: You Can Help

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

December, with all of its holiday spirit, shouldn't be a tough month for a 2-year-old. For Malyia Jeffers, however, it started with a feverish, fiv...

Amy Baxter, Buzzy: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.30.2011 | Home

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

ER Visits For Concussions Soar Among Kid Athletes

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions has skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting the intensity of kids' spor...

ER Docs TEXT Patients Waiting Times

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Need an X-ray or stitches? Online, via text message or flashing on a billboard, some emergency rooms are advertising how long the d...

Finding Room for My Emergency

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

I spent 10 hours in the emergency room at the University of Chicago's Bernard Mitchell Hospital. I was there seeking treatment for a toe injury, but ended up finding a story.

Emergency Room Waits, Crowding May Increase Due To Health Care Reform

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under t...

In Praise of Public Hospitals

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Public hospitals have a bad rap. They're viewed by many as hospitals of last resort, and most patients with private insurance do anything to avoid them.