Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
My New ER TV Drama
I have a new emergency room (ER) drama for television in mind. In my TV drama, there are no sirens and no gurneys racing through the corridors. There are no overworked doctors or heart-tugging patients or gut-wrenching triage decisions.
Instead, my TV drama commences with a more common ER scene—a crowded waiting room full of bored, sick people, many of them disoriented and distressed. Cut to an angry hospital CFO, operating under new risk-sharing contracts, who pounds the table and demands that the one third of ER patients who could safely be treated in ambulatory settings get moved there—“Stat!”