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Why is the British NHS so idiotic?

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DarkProtonics

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Why is the British NHS so idiotic as to 1) require a REFERRAL from your GP to the ED, and 2) not understand that you can have a heart attack w/ a normal ECG; have the even heard of an NSTEMI?
 

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In terms of overall public health, I would exchange needing a referral to go to the ED for everyone in the country actually having a PCP in a heartbeat.

The ED saves lives, but they suffer from not knowing anything about the patient. I would venture that the vast majority of work they do could be handled just as easily, more cheaply, and more effectively, by a PCP that knows the patient.

Most of the "emergencies" in the ER are better described as urgent care (if that). They would be a ghost town if they only served heart attacks, strokes and the like.
 
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