Myth or Fact: ER Care

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Los Angeles and part of the Cedars-Sinai Health System. Its Emergency Department (ED) is bustling, seeing more than 90,000 patients a year. Located in the middle of Los Angeles, the Emergency Department staff treat a wide range of patients, including 35% of whom are on Medi-Cal.

Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chairman and medical director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department, has been working at the hospital for 17 years. He has treated more than 60,000 patients in his career. His passion for emergency medicine allows him to care for a broad variety of patients, and the job keeps him on his toes. “Every patient is unique, and their symptoms are so unique,” says Dr. Torbati. “Every day we have to keep practicing and learning.”

Dr. Torbati is sharing his expertise and separating emergency room fact from fiction below. Read on to learn more about the ER:

Myth or Fact: Most ER patients don’t have health insurance.

Myth or Fact: The ER is efficient and organized.

Myth or Fact: The ER is first come, first served.

Myth or Fact: Emergency medical care is a drain on the system.

Myth or fact: A lot of ER patients don’t belong there.


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