ACA=more emergency room visits

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  • Younggun

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    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/0...re-may-increase-er-visits-study-suggests.html


    The study, published in the journal Science, compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with people who entered the lottery but remained uninsured. Those who gained coverage made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room than their uninsured counterparts during their first 18 months with insurance.

    Why is it a surprise that they aren't going to the clinic to chip away at the $5,000 deductible???
     

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    ER's are required to give life saving treatment.

    Most have various ways of shuffling people through who are not requiring emergent medical care.

    And most ER's hav a facility cost of at least $500 just to set foot in the room. . . . . .
     
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