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MICHELLE PESTER, OttawaAs a nurse, I was appalled by a recent emergency room visit where, if I were not there to state my opinion, they would have sent my family member home very ill. I know emergency rooms are extra busy these days because more people are using them as primary care physicians, but the care should not be less because there is only one doctor running the emergency room.My family member went to her primary care doctor and then went to the emergency room because it was necessary. After only a few hours in the emergency room, the doctor came in and said they were going to send my family member home. After I voiced my concern and after talking with another doctor, he agreed to admit her. I do not know what would have happened if I would not have spoke my mind.Family members should not have to be patient advocates to make sure their family member is properly cared for. Nor should family members have to be educated in the medical field. Physicians should have the time to spend with a patient, but they are busy with patients that do not have family doctors. The reason more people are using the emergency room is because they do not have health insurance. More than 40 million people in the United States have no health insurance. If emergency room physicians were not so busy with the little things, patients could go see their family doctors, who could spend more time with the patients who need attention.

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