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VIDEO from Medialink and ACEP: Nation's Failure to Support Emergency Patients Graded C- in National Report Card

Monday, December 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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90 Percent of States Earn Mediocre or Near-Failing Grades



NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Economic woes and a failing health care system mean more people than ever before are relying on emergency care at a time when the nation is receiving a mediocre C- grade for it support of emergency patients, according to a new Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Nicholas Jouriles, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which released the report, said policymakers can no longer remain oblivious to what is happening in emergency departments and called on President-elect Obama and the new Congress to make emergency patients a top priority in health care reform proposals and to convene a hearing on the Access to Emergency Medical Services Act.



(See video from ACEP at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/ACEP_12DC08_0055/)



The Report Card measures state support for emergency patients -- not the quality of care provided at specific emergency departments or hospitals. The national category grades are: Access to Emergency Care: D-, Quality and Patient Safety: C+, Medical Liability Environment: C-, Public Health and Injury Prevention: C, and Disaster Preparedness: C+.



The Report Card was made possible, in part, by funding from the Emergency Medicine Foundation, which gratefully acknowledges the support of the WellPoint Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



The Report Card makes eight national recommendations from a blue-ribbon panel of experts. Each state Report Card contains recommendations specific to each state.



Registered journalists can access video, audio, text, graphics and photos for free and unrestricted use at http://www.mediaseed.tv.



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SOURCE Medialink and ACEP
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