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Access block can be managed

Antony Nocera
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (5): 292-293.
Published online: 7 September 2009

To the Editor: Cameron and colleagues are to be congratulated on their article outlining strategies that do and do not help improve the access of emergency medical patients to public hospital ward beds.1 The authors fail to mention one strategy that is particularly relevant to rural hospitals, namely, referring privately insured medical patients who present to emergency departments directly to tertiary medical services at private hospitals. This strategy has the dual benefit of providing a hospital bed for a patient in a rural emergency department who requires hospital admission, and relieving some of the external pressures on metropolitan tertiary referral public hospitals to provide beds.

  • Antony Nocera

  • Dubbo Base Hospital, Dubbo, NSW.


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