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Minorities bear brunt of ER overcrowding: study
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals that serve large numbers of minority patients are more likely to struggle with emergency-department overcrowding and, as a result, are more likely to reroute ambulances to other hospitals—a practice that can exacerbate existing health disparities, according to research published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

Led by Dr. Renee Hsia, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, researchers examined ambulance diversion rates at 202 California hospitals during 2007.