State's support for emergency care lacking

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Georgia is not doing everything it can to address issues concerning public health, injury protection and disaster preparedness. Georgia received a grade of D-plus these categories in a report card on America’s Emergency Care Environment by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Georgia has some of the lowest U.S. immunization rates for influenza and pneumonia, and a high rate of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Georgia’s ability to respond to disasters is seriously compromised; it is nearly last in the nation for physicians, nurses and behavioral health professionals being registered in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.

Georgia’s racial and ethnic disparities for cardiovascular disease, HIV diagnoses and infant mortality are unacceptable. All of our residents should have adequate access to preventive health care, education, treatment and support.

John J. Rogers, M.D.


(The writer is president of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, and on the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians.)

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deestafford 01/26/14 - 11:57 am
I read the article referenced...

I read the article referenced by the letter writer but it did not offer specifics as to what "emergency" care was lacking. It did mention some preventive measures but did not show where there was a lack of emergency response or care.

Is this just another group trying to bring its existence into the light and get more exposure?
Just because a "significant" number of doctors and nurses not belonging to an organization a low mark on a rating?

What are some specifics that it wants other than the bromide put forth by other groups before it?

Granted diseases will vary from one ethnic group to another which is true in every country in the world. It has to do with culture and lifestyles as well as genetics.

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