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Fast-food medicine
Sacramento News and Review

This myth is being debunked inside the neutral-yellow bowels of a Folsom emergency room on a frigid Sunday. A sea of roughly three-dozen glum-faced occupants stew in their own pain, waiting for someone in a white coat or lime-green scrubs. They’ll have to wait a long time. These days, even middle-class suburbanites aren’t exempt from the ripples of a flailing health-care system.

Because modern medicine is such a vaunted mess—unaffordable to a new generation of poor folks who, somehow, aren’t poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal but are too broke to afford private insurance—overburdened emergency rooms have become a one-stop shop to a growing number of people with nowhere else to turn.