Let’s talk about emergency room usage aswell as when to take an ambulance and when not to!
Coming from a paramedic, who has worked in the city fyi.
ERs are packed, wait times are sometimes long and unless you actually need the room you are taking a bed from someone who probably needs it. Someone that has their fingers cut off shouldn’t have to wait because you have a head ache and came to the ER for an iv and a dark room. I have waiting with patients that actually needed a room for hours because the ER is packed with things that don’t need to be there, they could have went to the local doctor and been seen there.
And on the same note, as a paramedic if someone calls 911 and they want to go to the hospital we can’t say no. Now that takes a ambulance out of service and two medics. If you have seen the news you will notice that the city doesn’t have extra medics laying around with cars to carry the demand that it puts on EMS. An example is it took me and my partner 45 minutes to get to a child that was in respiratory distress. Maybe it wouldn’t have if the demand for ambulances for non emergency calls weren’t so high, or the city put more ambulances on the road but they haven’t yet so till than think before you call. And by no means am I saying not to call if you need it, but if you are able to get someone to drive you that would be great. Or see your local doctor instead.