How the primary care shortage affects the ER

by LEANA WEN, MD on November 6th, 2012 in PHYSICIAN   Bill M. is a 22-year old college student who has had asthma and diabetes since he was a child. He comes in with trouble breathing because he has no primary care doctor and is out of his inhalers. While he’s in the ER, he also says that his diabetes hasn’t been followed for years, and now his blood sugars are out of control and he has new problems with his kidneys and his eyes. Rani K. is a 46-year old who moved from India to take a research position. … Continue reading