I guess this counts as a meta-blog as I am commenting on an article over at Kevinmd.com. Dr. Riner, an Emergency Medicine physician, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and payor consultant reports on the limited utility of trying to keep patients out of the emergency room as a form of cost containment. He presents data that suggest that deferring emergency care is dangerous, ineffective and does not save any money. I have no grounds to disagree with his argument as presented. But as an internist and hospitalist on the receiving end of the Emergency Room, I think he misses the point. The savings is not in keeping people out of the Emergency Room, it is in keeping them out of the Emergency Room as a way of keeping them out of the hospital.