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LINK BETWEEN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND HEALTH CARE REFORM EXPLORED IN NEW WHITE PAPER; STATE-BE-STATE STATISTICS INCLUDED

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As the health care reform debate moves to center stage, emergency departments remain at the forefront, serving as the safety net for all Americans, including more than 35 million lacking health insurance, according to a white paper prepared by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
 "The total impact of a new health care system on emergency care is uncertain," says Dr. John B. McCabe, ACEP president and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, S.U.N.Y. Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y. "What is certain, is that until solutions for access and availability of care are found, emergency physicians will continue to fill patient's primary care needs," he says.
 "America's Health Care Safety Net, Emergency Medicine: 1968-1993 and Beyond" explores the history of emergency medicine as it has responded to medical, legal and social factors, such as violence and overcrowding, that influence emergency care in the United States. State-by-state statistics showing trends in emergency medicine are included.
 The American College of Emergency Physicians is a national medical specialty society representing more than 17,000 physicians who specialize in emergency medicine. The college is dedicated to improving emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state as well as Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Government Services.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To receive a copy of "America's Health Care Safety Net, Emergency Medicine: 1968-1993 and Beyond," contact ACEP's Public Relations Department, 202-728-0610/
 /CONTACT: Kate Perrin, Jane Howell or Michele Kamber of the American College of Emergency Physicians, 202-728-0610/


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