Manatee County commissioners and officials have been wrestling with the problem of indigent residents using the hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency primary care.
A contributing reason: the huge billboards advertising the hospitals' emergency rooms have only a few minutes' waiting time. That's usually less time than I have to wait to see my physician even with an appointment.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist or genius to reduce the number improperly using the emergency rooms.
The county commissioners should make as a "condition for hospitals receiving taxpayers' money" that they take down those emergency room advertising billboards.
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Those billboards must be very expensive, and to afford to spend the money they must be bringing a large number to the emergency rooms.