So I was listening to the radio on my way home and I heard them talking about Arizona’s Emergency Rooms. The people said that their productivity and whatnot was down because people would come in for the simplest things as a cold or allergies. These people who worked in the ERs complained that people were coming in because of these illnesses. They were complaining.
I always thought it was better to call 911 and find out that it wasn’t an actual emergency rather than call 911 five minutes too late because you weren’t sure if it was life-threatening. I always thought that surgeons went into surgery because they wanted to save lives, not because they were irritated at people who didn’t know the difference between a cold and pneumonia. And I’m sure there are many respectable surgeons out there who adhere to this; I’m personally highly considering going into the medical career.
But the fact that people who go into the field are complaining about people not able to diagnose themselves makes me angry. I suppose it could be very frustrating because more important matters could be at hand, but isn’t it better to get ten not-true-emergency calls early than one emergency call that came too late?