EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CROWDING: EXPLORING BIAS AND BARRIERS TO EQUITABLE ACCESS OF EMERGENCY CARE

The emergency department (ED) has often been considered the safety net of the American healthcare system. It earned this distinction because every person in the United States has access to a medical screening exam and stabilization at an ED regardless of their ability to pay. Unfortunately, over the past several decades, decreasing numbers of EDs and inpatient beds, coupled with increasing rates of ED usage, has led to crowding of EDs across the country. Crowding...
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