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  •  ridemybike, here is where the rubber meets the (5+ / 0-)

    road.

    In an ER the rich wait just as long as the poor to get seen.  

    Mr. Regina had an acute attack of gall bladder like symptoms which should have gotten him seen immediately.

    Main hospital in the system, with a great ER.  He waited for hours and was finally put in a hospital bed in a hallway. Wealthy area of town, and cream of the crop hospital.

    The entire metro area had an ambulance hold on admitting anyone else to every other hospital. This group didn't get their hold in soon enough and were left holding the bag in a metro area of over 2Mil people.

    This is common practice these days, but unless you really need ER you might not see this.  When prevention and minor health issues are lumped with preventable but escalating acute disease, the heart attack patient is hard to find.

    Luckily, Mr. Regina did not have a bile duct obstruction, but he was seriously in deep pain for a very long time.

    "Never, desist till we ... extinguish this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, will scarce believe that it suffered a disgrace and dishonor to this country.

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 10:22:22 AM PDT

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