ER: A place to tune up that disease?

I am lucky in that I have spent relatively little time in hospitals. I am unlucky in that the time I have spent in hospitals hasn't been planned. There was the time I spent a few hours in the ER when I was at university in Glasgow, or the time I accompanied my mother who had sustained a rather grievous coleslaw-related knife injury. We're all fine now, and minor health incidents aside, pretty healthy on the whole.

A lot of ER attendees, however, aren't.  The ER is the main point of access to healthcare for many people, and there is an argument to be made that instead of just focusing on getting folks out of there, maybe that time could be better spent ascertaining what brought them to the ER in the first place.

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