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Doctors: O-Care Will Put More Pressure On ERs

From Reuters (of all places):

Doctors say pressure on ERs may rise, give U.S. failing grade

By Susan Heavey | January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People seeking urgent medical could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report on Thursday that gives the nation’s emergency infrastructure a near failing grade.

In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" — that’s down from the overall "C-" grade from the group’s last report in 2009.

2009 would be before Obama-Care. So Obama-Care has just made things even worse.

Shortages and reduced hospital capacity make it more difficult to access emergency care, the group said…

The group’s task force looked at scores of measure in five major categories — access to care, quality and patient safety, liability, injury prevention and disaster preparedness — and relied on data from the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among others…

While the physician’s report does not factor in all of the effects of the law — its grades are based on data from early 2013 — emergency rooms could be used even more as more Americans gain insurance coverage under Obamacare, it said…

The group is asking for congressional hearings to probe whether the law puts "additional strains" on emergency rooms.

What was one of the major arguments for Obama-Care? The uninsured are going to get healthcare anyway, through ERs. So we have to have Obama-Care to take the pressure off ERs. Well, guess what? Just like with every other Obama-Care promise, it’s turning out to have the opposite effect.

Already, beds for patients have fallen from a rate of 358 per 100,000 people four years ago to about 330 beds per 100,000 people now, the report said. Wait times have increased to a median of 4.5 hours compared to four hours in 2009…

Data shows that Medicaid patients use emergency rooms as much as other insured patients, but several recent studies have shown that Medicaid patients utilize them more than the uninsured.

One study this month showed Oregon patients given Medicaid through a lottery increased their emergency room use by 40 percent compared to those not offered Medicaid…

Someone remind us. Why did we do Obama-Care?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, January 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Doctors: O-Care Will Put More Pressure On ERs”

  1. Liberal ‘Logic’ .. it’s like watching a cartoon re: Every Action Has An Opposite And Equal Reaction ..

    ObamaCare Rah-Rahs: “It will reduce emergency room visits!”
    Actuality: “Whoa. Where’d all these people come from?”

    BTW – WTH does this mean, Oregon? — “One study this month showed Oregon patients given Medicaid through a lottery increased their emergency room use by 40 percent compared to those not offered Medicaid ..”


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