Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Can you schedule an emergency?
Existential, isn’t it?
Lois K Solomon, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, May 23, 2011, says for $9.99 nine South Florida hospitals will guarantee immediate entry into the ER.
Non-life-threatening emergencies can go to InQuickER.com and get an appointment.
Money-back if you are not treated in 15 minutes.
The idea is that people rest at home instead of in chaotic and germ-filled waiting rooms.
Average wait time in American ERs—4 hours. Out here, as many as 10 hrs. I have done it. Once, 13 hrs.
When the patient comes online, they are asked about their symptoms. According to a doctor quoted, this requires real knowledge of symptoms—don’t want heart attacks staying home.
They have to pay $10—and of course, someone will pay much more—insurance company, patient, someone.
This sounds sort of bogus to me, although I have waited interminably for myself, my sister and my mother. Why not get a same-day doc appt? Or go to Walgreens or some small clinic? Or Urgent Care?
What do you think?