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Montana Ranked 48th in Delivery of Emergency Care

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The American College of Emergency Physicians has released a report ranking Montana 48th when it comes to emergency medical care.

Access to Emergency Care: 31 (F)

Quality & Patient Safety: 50 (F)

Medical Liability: 10 (B)

Public Health & Injury Prevention

DisasterPreparedness: 45 (F)

A poor grade means that people seeking care would be waiting longer times and reduced hospital capacity. No specific hospital or health system specifically is targeted, but it examines policies and regulations in a place that are vital to efficient emergency care. Doctor William Gallea from St. Peters hospital explains why Montana might have been ranked so low, due to the fact of the size of the state and distances.

"Montana will always be challenged by distance and by sparse population, by limited resources compared to some locations. That said I think there is still value in the report card in showing where we can put our efforts." said Dr. Gallea.

The report card measures conditions and policies under the delivery of the medical care, not the quality of care by hospitals and emergency providers in the State of Montana.

 

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