10+ Year Member
- Dec 13, 2004
So I work in a small town of about 36k people at a level 3 trauma facility. I'm one of very few BE/EM docs in the region. The local Ortho group recently decided to open up a Ortho Urgent care. Thats fine and dandy but they have commercials on TV/Radio bashing the local ERs and the Docs. They blatantly state that the ER doctors do not know how to manage orthopedic injuries and to avoid the ER at all cost and come to their clinic. The relationship with this group of docs has always been healthy, despite them being paid 2k/day to take call when no one else gets paid to take call, and we always reduce all of their fractures and refer out to them. In my four years at the facility I've not seen one of them in the department for a fx we couldn't manage. What if anything should we do or say about this? The directors opinion is that we stop doing all of their reductions in the ED and call them in since they are getting paid for call anyway?