Re "Recession has some hospitals on the brink," Jan. 14
Never have emergency departments been more crucial than during this economic crisis, when people are losing jobs and insurance.
Yet the American College of Emergency Physicians released a national report card on the state of emergency medicine in which California earned a D+ for its lack of support for emergency medicine and ranked last in the country in patients' access to emergency care. Policymakers at state and national levels must focus on making sure lifesaving care is available to everyone.
Dr. Ramon Johnson
The writer is a board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Though hospitals are struggling, I too struggle with this paradox: A highly invasive tummy tuck may cost up to $8,000, but a routine appendectomy costs several times that amount.