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Alameda County paramedics could reroute 911 patients from emergency rooms
Contra Costa Times

Paramedics could have a bigger say over where 911 emergency patients are treated and aid in their recovery after hospitalization under a proposal to expand their health care roles — a move opposed by nurses unions.

Currently, paramedics must send patients who call 911 to a hospital emergency room, a costly ride that may be unnecessary for people who really have a mental health issue or an ailment treatable at a less expensive urgent care or other health clinic.