In view of the suffering emergency medical care in the US, a new legislation has been introduced by the House and the Senate. It is called “Access to Emergency Medical Services Act”. The ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) has recently urged the senate to pass this act with immediate effect and has called for hearings.
The emergency centres are already over crowded. The recession has spurred an increase in the number of people seeking emergency care, who do not have valid insurance. More than 75% of emergency physicians who were polled have said that there is a huge increase in the number of cases who have lost their jobs and consequently their health insurance. There is an imperative need to preserve emergency care, an urgent need to pass this act so that people get emergency care without fail.
Senators have also been giving ideas to ensure that every one gets medical attention immediately when there is an emergency. Some recommendations by them are – there has to be a reduction in emergency care costs, funds to be allocated to aid the needy and an increase in specialists in emergency rooms.
ACEP advances emergency medical care through ongoing education, research and public awareness. ACEP warns that if the Act is not passed soon, Medical Emergency centres are facing a shut down as a consequence of the prevalent economic recession. It requests people to log on to ACEP.org and send a message to their respective legislator in Congress to protect public access to life saving emergency care.