Study finds people joining Medicaid made 40 percent more emergency-room visits

  • Article by: JONATHAN J. COOPER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 1:40 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic.

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jpcooperJan. 2, 14 2:01 PM

Really? Who would have guessed this was going to happen!

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odinmanJan. 2, 14 2:49 PM

This has everything to do with the entitlement mentality. Why should they bother to call a clinic and make an appointment for a non-emergency medical need when they can just go to the ER and demand treatment there instead? Especially if it is "free"?

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localguyJan. 2, 14 8:01 PM

This is ignorance, not entitlement. Emergency Rooms are terrible places to get primary care. Their function is to stabilize patients until they can be seen by a doctor with the appropriate specialty.

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