Nation’s emergency medical care receives D-plus

Posted on: 3:04 pm, January 16, 2014, by and

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Sorry, America: Support for emergency care patients barely receives a passing grade and needs extra help, according to a new report.

The American College of Emergency Physicians, a national medical specialty society, issued a “report card” assessing the country’s emergency medical services. As a whole, the United States got a measly D-plus.

“This report card is saying: The nation’s policies are failing to support emergency patients,” Alexander Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said Thursday.

The report does not single out any physicians or hospitals but shows how well states and the federal government are doing in terms of supporting emergency care, said Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, an emergency physician at the University of Maryland and board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Categories included access to care and disaster preparedness, among others.