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The popularity of free hospital care is resulting in undiagnosed and misdiagnosed conditions due to the pressures placed on medical staff by overcrowding. The overburdened emergency wards at the hospital can be relieved through the opening of community health centers to address the less urgent cases. The need was highlighted by a misdiagnosed case severe abdominal pain that was discharged as a gastrointestinal illness requiring simple pain relief and later proved to be appendicitis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Houston Chronicle
About: Minor illnesses contributing to pressure in the ER
Date: 30 June 2005
Source: Houston Chronicle
Author: Bill Murphy
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