Dr. Paolo writes at Kevin MD: "The results of missed primary care, barriers to preventative care, and financial restrictions to care all show up at the ED, the front door of the U.S. public health care infrastructure."
February 4 was "pretty much a typical morning" for Alex McMillan, 20, an economics major at Syracuse University. An alto sax player, McMillan would be at the noon basketball game against Virginia as part of the Sour Sitrus Society.
He remembers eating a pulled pork sandwich and drinking bottle of water at the Carrier Dome.
Next he knew, he awoke in a hospital bed. IV lines were poking from each arm. Electrodes were taped to his chest. Medical machines surrounded him. He was in the cardiac intensive care unit at Upstate University Hospital.