5/18/2010

By providing insurance to more people, the new health reform law should help clear hospital emergency departments of nonemergency cases, but the newly insured must learn to seek care for minor problems somewhere else, writes Jennifer Brokaw, an emergency physician. Among Brokaw's suggestions are establishing more low-cost, retail- and pharmacy-based clinics and investing in nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other allied professionals to deliver basic care.

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