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Offline thundley4

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Health Overhaul May Not Keep Patients Out Of ERs
« on: December 17, 2010, 03:10:15 PM »
An oft-repeated claim during the debate over health care overhaul was that insuring more Americans would help keep people out of emergency room and cut costs. "The uninsured will get coverage, no longer left to the emergency room for medical care," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in Roll Call in May.

But those on the ER frontlines offer an different view. Two-thirds of emergency department administrators believe that the new health law will increase their number of patients going to ERs, while just 5 percent say patient volume will decrease, according to a new survey of more than 600 administrators conducted by the Schumacher Group, a Texas firm that manages 187 emergency departments across the country.

Part of the problem may be the shortage of primary care physicians: 64 percent predicted their ERs would see more patients who could not see a doctor fast enough. "I would expect a lot more gridlock" in emergency departments, and "more boarding of patients" while they wait to be transferred to other hospital departments, says Kip Schumacher, chairman and CEO of the Schumacher Group.

Many patients, particularly those with Medicaid, already have a difficult time getting an appointment to see their doctor. As more people gain insurance under the new health law, the problem is likely to get worse.

Democrats lie, they lie all the time.

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Re: Health Overhaul May Not Keep Patients Out Of ERs
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 07:42:58 PM »
Joe Wilson said it best!

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Re: Health Overhaul May Not Keep Patients Out Of ERs
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011, 09:13:49 PM »
My doctor has already stated that if the 21% doctor cuts to Medicare patients take effect under Obamacare, he will quit taking them. Hospitals will also be taking this hit resulting in fewer hospitals being built and fewer doctors taking new patients. 

Obama/Romney and those that supported government mandated health care could f...up a soup sandwich.