July 26, 2016
More than 25 million people come each year to emergency in Spain services. Public hospitals, private, large or small, gives the same, the situation is the same. Patients waiting more than five hours to be served and medical with hundreds of patients who attend, a sum which may not give good result. According to the Vice-President of the Spanish society of Medicine of urgencies and emergencies (Shemesh), the basic reason for the collapse of the emergency is that it is a service of quality, free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But the increase in the number of visits to the emergency room has occurred for several reasons. On the one hand, the increase in population: larger number of inhabitants, greater number of patients. In recent years, the population has grown by 10%.
In addition, with increasing expectancy of life of patients with diseases such as cancer, the patient becomes a chronic patient who attend emergency room every few minutes. There is another reason for the collapse the emergency: the concept of immediacy. Our society is fast and dynamic in many aspects of life, and the rush has also come to the health. Patients want to have their diagnosis and treatment to solve it in the shortest possible time. A sick patient can do two things, visit your doctor at the health center closest to your home or go directly to the emergency room of any hospital. If you choose the first thing, at least one month will happen until they make you the first tests and almost another until you have the diagnosis. If you choose the latter and decides to go to the emergency room you must wait four or five hours sitting in a chair but will come out of there with a diagnosis and treatment under the arm. The culture of the immediate has come to healthcare.