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Extending primary care hours could lower emergency department visits
 

Extending primary care hours could lower emergency department visits

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Extending primary care access outside of working hours may reduce emergency department visits but may not be cost-saving to the health services as a whole, suggests a recent study.
 
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12 Sep 2016 - General
 
I'm not sure if this will work because waiting hours for primary care facilities or clinics usually have a long waiting time. In this day and age, nobody is willing to wait for a consult. Most people come to the ER, even if its not an emergent case, just because they want faster services. If primary care facilities would enhance their services, making it more efficient with less waiting time, it could work. Because of the growing number of ER consults, some emergency room facilities already ...
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I would love to say yes to extending hours for access to extending primary care service hours but there is a lingering question. Can we sustain it? Asian countries are already understaffed with healthcare workers. I feel that we cannot sustain this kind of set-up as this will leave health care workers overworked and underpaid. Then, this could accelerate the brain drain that was previously anticipated at the year of 2035. I think the best solution is to encourage people to prioritise health over...
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As what i have noticed, working whether in a public or private institution we can never skip the agony of waiting. Prioritization is always on top on how to cater the needs of patients. However, if primary care hours will be extended in our country, it will surely of great help. When i was working in a public hospital, Out Patient Department (OPD) is open from monday to friday 8am-5pm. During that time i was assigned at emergency room. I can actually say it is really helping us big time. All of ...
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I would agree that extending primary care hours will be a brilliant idea for the healthcare sector, by reducing the waiting time for patients attending emergency department out of hours. With accessible out of hours primary care service, patients will less severe medical illness can attend the primary care service, rather than go to emergency department in hospital, which is supposed to attend patients with more serious medical illness or in acute medical or surgical emergency. Patients with min...
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Waiting times are getting longer and longer and people getting impatient/ taken for granted as not being seen promptly. Emergency care is meant for emergencies and sometimes waiting and sitting outside can be frustrating. Would extending primary care hours solve this problem? I would say, YES. Also, having an out of hours hotline for non emergency queries and medical advise would be good too as that would reduce the number of people going to the hospital if their queries has been answered/ solve...
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