Below is a snippet from the U. of C. Emergency Room:
The emergency room of the University of Chicago Medical Center may no longer be for every illness or injury. Have a severe injury from a car accident? Head to the ER. Have pneumonia that can be treated with antibiotics? You may be led elsewhere. That's because the hospital is changing the way it admits emergency room patients as part of its effort to deal with the worsening economy, a move underscored by Monday's announcement of 450 layoffs, or 5 percent of its workforce.
Now that you've read the above article, imagine what it will be like with a couple million more visits per year.
See my previous post here.