Washington State Legislation Would Allow Transport to Urgent Care

KREM reports that Washington State’s House Bill 2044 would enable emergency first responders to transport patients to urgent care centers rather than to hospitals. When an emergency room visit is the only option presented to patients, they sometimes opt not to go and then call 911 a second time when symptoms persist. The Spokane Fire Department, which supports the bill, believes the legislation will lower the number of repeat 911 calls.

The text of the bill can be found here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2044.pdf

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