example, is the system designed to ensure that centers have access to the patients they need? Or is the system designed to ensure that patients have access to the centers that they need?

Dr. Meredith concluded his presentation by discussing the disappointing lack of support provided by policy makers to improve emergency and trauma care. Policy makers have not received a simple, concise, and consistent message from emergency and trauma leaders. Every time stakeholders meet with federal policy makers, they tell a slightly different story; as a result, policy makers do not know how to help. He emphasized the need to create a simple, concise, and consistent message about emergency and trauma care that all stakeholders can convey to policy makers.

CLOSING

To close the meeting, Dr. Eastman thanked the presenters for their remarks and members of the audience for their enthusiasm and participation. He also reiterated a point made by Dr. Meredith that stakeholders must always keep the best interest of patients in mind when planning reforms to the emergency care system.



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