Posted By LambChop
“Our health care system has forced too many uninsured Americans to depend on the emergency room for the care they need. We cannot wait for reform that gives all Americans the high-quality, affordable care they need and helps prevent illnesses from turning into emergencies.”
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 2009
Yet another Obamacare myth busted. Obamacare was sold to congress in part to reduce the number Americans going to the ER for care that should be provided by their primary care physician or clinic.
A recent study published in the journal Science shows that just the opposite has occurred. Participants in Portland were randomly selected in a lottery to receive Medicaid coverage. The result ? Those who gained coverage made 40% more visits to the emergency room than their uninsured counterparts during their first 18 months with insurance.
With financial barriers removed, Medicaid patients not only visited their primary care doctor more BUT ALSO went to the ER more often. Medicaid enrollees made, on average, 1.43 trips to the emergency department during the 18-month study period, compared to an average of 1.02 visits among those who entered the Medicaid lottery but did not gain coverage.
The study also busted the myth that once the patients had a regular relationship magically ER visits would be reduced. Nope. The Medicaid coverage actually INCREASED the probability of having any visit to the emergency department by 7%. The researchers also looked at the types of visits and found no decline in use of ERs for primary care treatable conditions among those who had enrolled in Medicaid coverage.
President Obama : “I think that it’s very important that we provide coverage for all people because if everybody’s got coverage, then they’re not going to the emergency room for treatment.”
Pack of lies.