Researchers estimate it will take until 2019 to completely staff emergency rooms with fully-trained, board-certified doctors and that is considering none of the current doctors leave their jobs or die.
The Institute of Medicine says all ER doctors should have a specialty in emergency medicine.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital say only about 55 percent of doctors currently meet this standard.
They say providing additional training for family physicians who work in the ER, and relying more on physicians assistants, can help.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.