In the past five years, the nation's support for emergency medicine has fallen from a lower-than-average C- to a dismal D+, according to the latest report card on national emergency medicine policy issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The report card measures conditions and policies under which emergency care is being delivered nationwide and on a state-by-state basis, not the quality of care provided by hospitals and emergency providers.

“Congress and President Obama must make it a national priority to strengthen the emergency medical care system,” ACEP President Alex Rosenau, M.D., said in a statement accompanying the report card's release. “There were more than 130 million emergency visits in 2010, or 247 visits per minute. People are in need, but conditions in our nation have deteriorated since the 2009 report card due to lack of policymaker action at the state and national levels. With so much changing in health care, emergency care has never been more important to our communities. This report card is a call to action.”

To see the report card, including video and map resources, click here.

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