Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: I appreciate the comment about the
recent Health Agencies Update, and Dr Weber and colleagues raise a good point.
This news brief highlighted a report by the National Association of Community
Health Centers, which stated that an estimated 43 million individuals in the
United States lack health insurance. The report also noted that in 2002 there
were 110.2 million visits to hospital EDs, up from 89.8 million in 1998. The
unintended interpretation of the article was that uninsured patients alone
account for the strain on EDs. I acknowledge that this is not the message
of the report and regret the implication.
Hampton T. The ED and the Uninsured—Reply. JAMA. 2005;293(1):39-40. doi:10.1001/jama.293.1.40-a