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Old 07-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #56
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Millions. they are also leeching and we are paying for their health care.
Again, this whole idea is mostly a fiction.

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So-called frequent fliers, a term emergency department (ED) personnel sometimes use to describe patients who are costly and frequent visitors to the ER, are far more apt to be enrolled in Medicaid than any other type of coverage, the study found.

According to the report, one in twenty (5.1 percent) of Medicaid enrollees visits the ER four or more times per year, whereas only 1 percent of people with private health coverage visit an ER that often. Medicaid enrollees are 2.5 times as likely as the uninsured to be frequent users of ERs.

Confirms Earlier Findings

The NCHS report arrived just one month after a report by Eduardo LaCalle and Elaine Rabin, both from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, which reached similar conclusions. In the Annals study, only 15 percent of frequent users were uninsured. Nearly two-thirds (60 percent) of frequent visitors to the ER were covered by government insurance—Medicaid or Medicare.

Patients who frequent the ER may constitute only about 5-8 percent of ER patients, but they account for approxinately one-quarter of all ER visits, where care is often free to the patient and they can avoid having to book an appointment in advance. Both reports conclude frequent users of the ER tend to be in poor health.

“Of the patients who use the ED frequently, the largest factors are a lack of a strong social network, a lack of alternatives and/or awareness of them, genuine illness, and combinations thereof,” Nichols said.

Flood of New Patients

The Congressional Budget Office projects 32 million uninsured residents will gain health coverage under Obama’s health care law, with about half of them being covered by Medicaid. These new reports suggest that, contrary to the claims of those who supported the legislation, expanding coverage will result in more patients turning to the ER, a point Nichols acknowledges.
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-...ly-exaggerated

The people flooding the ER with non emergency care are people WITH govt insurance. Obamacare will do NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to reduce the levels of ER abuse significantly. For every 1 uninsured person you take out of the equation you add 1 more medicaid leech to the system.
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