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A little less than a happy high
Things just keep getting weirder
I just had to assure a caller from Idaho that Massachusetts has not established a model of socialized medicine akin to Canada's, and that its hospital ERs still conduct triage according to need and not on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Based on the line of questioning, I got the distinct impression that I had just settled a bar debate.
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komos From: komos Date: July 8th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Flashing my bureaucratic knowledge

Hospitals are mandated to have triage policies, but the policies themselves can vary. Not all providers use numerical coding, for instance, and to the best of my knowledge a specific number of tiers is not required.

Generally speaking, critical cases are seen before cuts and scrapes, and that was the question that was asked.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: July 8th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the ranking system.
I liked it a lot when they deemed me in the 4/5ths and made me wait an hour and a half + while my ovarian cyst ruptured right there. That felt good.

When I came to on the waiting room floor and the attending doctor was standing nervously over me with a sheet white face, he said: "Um, would Dilauded help??" I replied: "It might have 2 hours ago you bastard."

Useless sons of ^&$#@#%#$@@#%^#%^#W#@!*^(*
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awful, and it sounds like you were triaged incorrectly. Your attending was probably very concerned that there would be something of a storm that followed, and with good reason. I see a fair amount of ER triage errors cross my desk, and abdominal pain seems to have a significant representation in investigated cases.
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komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would have been hilarious.

I'm not sure how requiring health care insurance provided through private insurers equals the creation of a socialist welfare state, but I'm a little weird like that.
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