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The Costs of Emergency Room Cost-Cutting
New York Times

It was the dead of winter, high season for viral gastroenteritis, so it was with a certain degree of wariness that the harried doctor and nurse finally got around to seeing the patient, a man in his late 60s who had come to the emergency room complaining of belly discomfort. “I think I’ve got the stomach bug,” he said when they approached. The nurse moved him to a far corner of the emergency department reserved for less critical cases.