Dr. Eric Forsthoefel works in emergency medicine, specifically as an ER (emergency room) doctor. He attended medical school from 2009 to 2012. He completed his residency in emergency medicine in 2012.
He has been certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in emergency medicine. He has experience in the emergency room setting for over six years. He has been trained in a variety of medical jobs such as trauma, injuries, fractures and cuts, cardiac distress, and acute illnesses, as well as others. He is skilled in and prepared to quickly assess and treat all emergency room issues. He has received many certifications and is authorized by several medical boards that indicate he has a strong knowledge of multiple medical conditions.
Recently, Dr. Forsthoefel was asked to give his opinion about one of the largest issues in our country’s health care system today; the high use of the emergency room for non-urgent care. He admits this has become a problem in the hospital he works in, which has seen hundreds of non-urgent care patients.
Dr. Forsthoefel feels many people will choose to the come to the ER over making an appointment and seeing a primary care doctor is due to the lack of access to basic primary care medicine, along with high copays. Other issues are long wait times, which can add up to days in order to see a primary care doctor, as well as even higher out of pocket costs if the patient is referred to a specialist.
Even though a patient’s visit to the ER might not be an emergency, Dr. Forsthoefel still makes it a priority to provide a high level of care. However, the increasing amount of non-urgent patients makes it harder to give prompt care to the patients that truly need it. Also, sometimes the level of the care a patient needs isn’t always discernable right up front.
Regardless of this issue, Dr. Forsthoefel and his staff do their best provide the highest level of care to all patients. He does admit that because their time and resources are being used in both urgent and non-urgent care, emergency departments visits are becoming less effective, even critical.
In some states, certain insurance companies have actively stopped paying for non-urgent care in emergency rooms, and more and more states are starting to follow this trend. Their reasoning is to save increase profits and save money. Already, there have been cases where an insurance company refused to cover care, even when a dangerous medical problem could have arisen without care. There are multiple symptoms a patient can have that could either turn out to be “nothing” or become a life-threatening issue.
Dr. Forsthoefel is aware that if a patient needs to pay for care out of pocket, they might choose not to come in for care at all, even if it meant that they could die, so he would prefer to provide care for everyone who comes through their doors, regardless of their reason. Don’t avoid going to the emergency room if you suspect you might any type of medical emergency.