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Emergency Visits Seen Increasing
With Health Law

New York Times, by Sabrina Tavernise

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Posted By:toledo, 1/3/2014 7:20:38 AM

Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits because people would go to primary care doctors instead. But a rigorous new experiment in Oregon has raised questions about that assumption, finding that newly insured people actually went to the emergency room a good deal more often. 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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/3/2014 7:27:32 AM     (No. 9677725)

The way things used to work, the uninsured and illegal immigrants would go to the ER and the local taxpayers footed to bill. Under obamacare, the uninsured and illegal immigrants go to the ER the local taxpayers foot the bill and send a check to the Feds as well.
Ain´t this free stuff great?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/3/2014 8:33:02 AM     (No. 9677796)

The uninsured and underinsured have been flooding our emergency rooms for decades. It was the law. They had to treat everybody.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 1/3/2014 8:38:33 AM     (No. 9677804)

The Government´s way to decrease Emergency Department costs:

1. Make a law that says that Emergency Departments must see and treat all patients (already done: Google "EMTLA").
2. Just don´t pay the Emergency Departments for this care (now happening: Google "State of Washington not paying for Emergency Care").
3. Make it illegal to balance bill the patient (already done).
4. Viola - FREE ED CARE!! Much better than a free lunch.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 1/3/2014 10:53:19 AM     (No. 9678019)

It just occurred to me--so it really should have long since occurred to the people who purport to know about this kind of thing--if the doctors are staying away from Medicaid in droves, how is expanding Medicaid supposed to increase doctor visits? I mean, who are all those new Medicaid patients supposed to go to?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: plex, 1/3/2014 10:58:59 AM     (No. 9678035)

Don´t worry. Soon a medical license will be contingent on taking X medicaid patients each week. It is called indentured servitude (a polite name for slavery).

#democratsforslavery

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/3/2014 12:55:21 PM     (No. 9678215)

The "poor" will NEVER use preventative medicine to any extent, and will never build relationships with primary care physicians.

Reason is, they are poor, generally, because they don´t plan their lives at all, or don´t plan well. That includes health care. So when the government provides financial means, why would they plan any better.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/3/2014 1:50:44 PM     (No. 9678300)

Take a lesson from the illegals...show up sick, sign up for treatment using an alias, skip the bill.

Isn´t American Medical care for the indigent GREAT? And, by the way, not one of them will have Obiecare.

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