In a recent Reform Realtime video, providers on the ground shared their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing acute care:
"Patients may have insurance now … but yet when they call a clinic or try to call a family physician for their care, there's a wait of several months to get in. And so many of those patients are seeking care in the emergency department because they have nowhere else to go."
"Is government regulation going to interfere with my interactions with my patients?"
"We're required to do more with less. We have fewer resources, less staffing. And everyone is concerned about the finances and where we're going today."
"In one sense, we need to see a lot of patients, admit a lot of patients. Hospitals are getting paid for having more patients in their beds. And on the other, we're trying to keep patients out of the hospital."
So our Reform Realtime correspondents had a variety of concerns, but what did you think?
Two weeks ago, we asked you about the biggest pressures facing your hospitals — and you answered!