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September 24th, 2010
11:39 AM ET

Opinion: Emergency care as the new primary care

George Bush once famously (or infamously) commented that health care is indeed available for all:  You just go to the emergency room.

Unfortunately, this is a reality for a significant swath of the American people, and the problem continues to worsen.  A report in the September issue of Health Affairs points out that less than half of the 345 million annual visits for acute-care problems take place with a patient’s personal physician.

Nearly a third of these visits takes place in the emergency room.  The ER is of course the right place for bleeding wounds, crushing chest pain, and motor-vehicle accidents, but an enormous chunk of these visits are not actually emergencies. FULL POST


DEA: Bring us your drugs Saturday
September 24th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

DEA: Bring us your drugs Saturday

Bring us your tired, your old, your expired, unused prescription drugs, says the Drug Enforcement Agency.

This Saturday, the DEA wants people around the country to raid their medicine cabinets and bring their unwanted drugs to more than 3,400 collecting sites around the country. Bring us your unused prescription drugs, DEA says

Flushing drugs down the toilet could contaminate the water supply. And tossing them in the trash can make them easy to find for misuse.

FULL POST


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