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Keeping routine medical care out of hospital emergency rooms

Washington Post, May 24, 2010

When healthcare reform legislation was passed, many assumed that it would relieve some of the pressure on hospital emergency rooms, which for decades have served as doctors' offices for the uninsured. But if the new law is not coupled with an ambitious plan to deliver care to the newly insured, the ER will continue to be the first place many seek care, writes San Francisco emergency physician Jennifer Brokaw in this article for the Washington Post.