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University of Chicago to shutter women's clinic

eric j ice gipson, it seems that you are complaining that it isn't convenient enough for you to find out about PRIMARY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE...YEESH! when that right-wing politician rants and raves to his drooling followers about 'people' not taking responsibility for their themselves....your statements are why that kind of drivel resonates with ditto-heads.  (May 19, 2009 | post #61)

Chicago Tribune

University of Chicago to shutter women's clinic

The ER is treated as a PRIMARY CARE facility by the poor.It is supposed to be used as an acute care facility....emergencies. The expenses are huge at such a facilty. Using the analogy of the broken finger, one sees that a broken finger would cost 1000 dollars to treat at an ER, but 100 dollars to treat at a clinic or doctor's office. Let's assume that the stgate is reimbursing medicare at 10%. That would mean that to treat that broken finger at an ER, the institution is losing 900dollars, but at the clinic, the loss is 90 dollars. The U of C is trying to use the helath care resources as wisely as possible, for the greater good. It is also trying to educate the patient on the most efficient use of the health care system. One aside, it seems that people think that if they show up in an ambulance, they go right ot the front of line. That isn't the case...triage dictates that the worst cases go first.  (May 19, 2009 | post #17)

Chicago Tribune

University of Chicago to shutter women's clinic

About four years, maybe three years ago, the Uof C hospitals started a pilot program(at their own expense). When patients entered the E.R. with obvious non-emergency injuries, an employee, hired and paid by the Uof C. without federal, state or county funds, would doa databased search based on the patients adress and retrieve the nearest free clinics and/or doctors offices so that IN THE FUTURE the patient could be aware of these alternate locations. The patient was treated at the hospital for the original injury, THEY WERE NOT TURNED AWAY.The patient was made aware that say.. a broken finger would cost 1000 dollars to treat at the E,R., but that same broken finger would cost 100 to treat at clinic. The Uof C was trying to slowly educate the public on the most convenient and efficient use of the limited public resources  (May 19, 2009 | post #14)