Arkansas ranks next to last in emergency health care

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- When it comes to anemergency there's no time to waste especially when we're talking about healthcare, but according to national research by doctors, Arkansas is failing.

Arkansas received anothernear bottom ranking, and unfortunately it involves your health. The AmericanCollege of Emergency Physicians said during a major time of need, Arkansas is nota state you want to be in.

Parents wouldn't be toopleased if their kids brought home a report card filled with D's and F's, and neithershould Arkansans. The Natural State received an F in "Access to Emergency Care,"and another failing grade in "Public Health/Injury Prevention," according tothe group's research.

"My opinion is no,the care is not poor in the individual institutions, but they are sending amessage statewide to start improving care in general across a whole population,"said Dr. Lee Wilbur with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Wilbur works in theemergency medicine department at UAMS and is a member of the organization thatconducted this national research. He said while many emergency rooms may lookfull, the true problem in Arkansas is finding a nearby physician.

"Probably the mostprimary reason for Arkansas' grade not changing (since 2009) is simply becauseaccess to care," he added. "It's a very rural state and because it's a ruralstate, you have to set up and entire infrastructure. In just five years you'renot going to have that infrastructure set-up."

Sure it sends a worrisomemessage to all of us seeking healthcare, but when research like this appears italso catches the eyes of others.

"This also sends information to our healthdepartments as well, about we have national organizations that say that we aregetting a low grade as well as many states. I think we need to be very explicitthat the nation as a whole got a D," Wilbur continued.

To review the entire report for Arkansasclick here: