People without insurance aren't the ones filling up the nation's emergency rooms. Far from it. The uninsured are no more likely to use ERs than people with private insurance, perhaps because they're wary of huge bills. The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million. And many family doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they take because of low government reimbursements.
Friday, July 2, 2010
They Passed the Bill, Now We're Learning...
Just like Princess Pelosi said:
And now we are finding out that it doesn't do what the Democrats said it would do, and it will cost more then they said it would. There's not enough money to cover all those high-risk people who's pre-existing condition(s) will exclude them from other policies and programs.
And this recent report from AP highlights issues that we brought up by the many critics of the bill prior to it's being passed (including me!).
"Just because we've insured people doesn't mean they now have access," said Dr. Elijah Berg. "They're coming to the emergency department because they don't have access to alternatives."