Last month, freelance writer Dave Jamieson wrote a piece for the Washington Post Magazine about the millions of Americans who use emergency rooms for all their medical issues. The story focused on one “frequent flier” (as these non-insured individuals are called) for the article, “The Treatment of Kenny Farnsworth.”
For his socially-conscious writing, Jamieson has earned this month’s Sidney Award, an honor presented by the Sidney Hillman Foundation for outstanding journalism.
“Jamieson used the classic journalistic technique of focusing on a single individual to illuminate a vast national problem: a dysfunctional health care system which wastes up to $32 billion a year by treating chronic, non-urgent problems with emergency care rather than primary care,” said Sidney Award judge Charles Kaiser. “Jamieson’s story proves that providing basic health care in an emergency room makes no economic sense.”
Full press release after the jump.
Read More: The Treatment of Kenny Farnsworth –Washington Post Magazine