The Collapse Of America’s EMS System | NBC News Now

The Collapse Of America’s EMS System | NBC News Now


TO CHECK OUT A MEDICAL SERVICE UNPAID AND HANGING ON BY A UNPAID AND HANGING ON BY A THREAD. THREAD.>>RURAL HOSPITALS ACROSS THE>>RURAL HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CLOSING FOR A COUNTRY ARE CLOSING FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. VARIETY OF REASONS. HOW CLOSE ARE YOU GUYS TO HOW CLOSE ARE YOU GUYS TO CLOSING? CLOSING?>>WE’RE LITERALLY ONE PERSON>>WE’RE LITERALLY ONE PERSON AWAY. AWAY. IF WE LOSE ONE EMT OR CARE IF WE LOSE ONE EMT OR CARE PROVIDER, WE’LL HAVE TO LOOK AT PROVIDER, WE’LL HAVE TO LOOK AT SHUTTING DOWN. SHUTTING DOWN.>>WOULD YOU CALL IT A DIRE>>WOULD YOU CALL IT A DIRE SITUATION? SITUATION?>>EXTREMELY DIRE.>>EXTREMELY DIRE. VERY EASY FOR ONE PERSON TO GET VERY EASY FOR ONE PERSON TO GET A DIFFERENT OFFER, JOB A DIFFERENT OFFER, JOB SITUATIONS CHANGE, VERY EASE SIR SITUATIONS CHANGE, VERY EASE SIR TO LOSE ONE PERSON. TO LOSE ONE PERSON.>>WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?>>WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? HOW DO YOU FIX THIS? HOW DO YOU FIX THIS?>>WE NEED TO LOOK AT EMS AS A>>WE NEED TO LOOK AT EMS AS A WHOLE. WHOLE. WE’VE BEEN RELYING ON VOLUNTEERS WE’VE BEEN RELYING ON VOLUNTEERS TO BE THE BACK.FOR YEARS AND TO BE THE BACK.FOR YEARS AND THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING A CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING A VOLUNTEER DOCTOR. VOLUNTEER DOCTOR. IT’S UNFATHOMABLE. IT’S UNFATHOMABLE. WE NEED TO TREAT EMS AS MORE OF WE NEED TO TREAT EMS AS MORE OF A CAREER PATH INSTEAD OF A A CAREER PATH INSTEAD OF A SERVICE WE LIKE TO CHOOSE WHEN SERVICE WE LIKE TO CHOOSE WHEN IT CAN BE ESSENTIAL AND NOT BE IT CAN BE ESSENTIAL AND NOT BE ESSENTIAL. ESSENTIAL. CAN YOU IMAGINE SITTING IN A CAN YOU IMAGINE SITTING IN A PLACE AND DIALING 911 AND NOT PLACE AND DIALING 911 AND NOT HAVING ANYONE SHOW UP FOR AN HAVING ANYONE SHOW UP FOR AN HOUR OR AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES.

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7 thoughts on “The Collapse Of America’s EMS System | NBC News Now

  1. Medicare for all! We can all pay a little extra in our taxes, so health care workers get a descent wage/or have a job! And the 1% can pay a big amount…..becauce who needs 11 boats, and 10 houses?…..for 1 family! Comon now! Greedy!

  2. The government should be subsidizing EMS contracts. There is a reason people avoid the ambulance in the United States.

  3. Maybe now EMS will be taken more seriously. Been an EMT for a year and it's been more of a negative than a positive. Over worked with no social life and barely making enough to survive, only to be treated poorly by nurses or management. There's a reason why EMS has high burnout rates.

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