Host: Maeve Conran
Millions of Americans use the ER as their primary care. This is due to a variety of reasons including lack of health insurance and not being able to navigate other health care options. Of course using the ER is the most expensive kind of care and can cost millions of dollars. The City of Aurora has instigated a new program to divert people who use emergency services into more affordable, more efficient care. Michael Booth, former Denver Post journalist writes about the Aurora 911 program in this quarter’s Elevations magazine. Elevations is the quarterly publication put out by the Colorado Health Foundation.
Image: Leslie Winter, MD of the Aurora Mental Health Center works with other staffers to find high-utilizers of 9-1-1 who need help leaving the street life.