ERs seeing overcrowding as more patients covered by Medicaid

Created: 01/03/2014 7:38 AM WHEC.com

Emergency rooms are overcrowded and a new study says many patients could be treated for less at clinics or offices.

Experts say that people who have recently signed up for Medicaid went to the ER 40-percent more than others looking for treatment that could be addressed at doctor's offices or urgent care clinics.

The results show an increasing trend the experts say could get even bigger as millions are added to Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Experts say unnecessary ER visits increase spending at those hospitals and don't produce major improvements in their health.


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