Thursday, May 22, 2014

Emergency Room Visits Up Under Affordable Care Act

From The Wall Street Journal, "ER Visits Rise Despite Law: Health Act Isn't Cutting Emergency Volume So Far; Government Says It's Too Early to Draw Conclusions" by Stephanie Armour and Louise Radnofsky:
Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage this year, despite the law's goal of reducing unnecessary care in ERs.

Almost half of ER doctors say they are seeing more patients since key provisions of the health law took effect Jan. 1, while more than a quarter say their patient volume has remained the same, according to a survey to be released Wednesday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Democrats who designed the 2010 health law hoped it would do the opposite. 
Emergency Room Volume Chart
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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