Skip to comments.Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion
Posted on 07/31/2014 8:34:48 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
CYNTHIANA The emergency rooms of Kentuckys hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses, like the rest of the nation Kentucky saw an increase in non-emergency visits because more individuals have health insurance coverage.
In Kentucky, more than 330,000 people became Medicaid eligible when the state expanded the program on January 1. The expansion covers residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty rate which is $15,856.
The problem is many of the patients now going to the emergency rooms are not actually facing a medical emergency. This is causing a strain at the states hospitals as ER doctors are treating an increasing number of patients for non-emergency care.
Sheila Currans, CEO of Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana, says that her hospital has had to move staff from other parts of the hospital into the ER to handle the increase in the number of patients.
Unfortunately, the ACA didnt create a support structure around the implementation of the ACA, and so what we have now is a system of more people seeking care, but residency programs which arent prepared to put more doctors out, said Currans.
The 12 percent increase in emergency room visits is pretty consistent with the state average.
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Totally unexpected. /s
Took my wife to the ER because of chest pains, a precaution insisted by our insurance. After sitting for three hours waiting my Wife had enough and told me to take her home because the ER was more aggravating than anything. Anyone that says the undocumented don’t use the ER for minor medical issues is full of the stuff that comes out of obama’s mouth.
Obama has the inverse midas touch, everything he gets a hold of turns to &h*t.
ERs in southern California have close over the years due to this very phenomenon.
Course, to make the Lib’s heads explode, just ask: Now that ‘everyone’ has healthcare (ala OCare), they would support the repeal of making hospitals take any/all patients regardless of ability to pay?
Medicaid. Hey! It’s free! Might as well use it often. It don’t cost nuthin’.
Exactly right. The liberal crapola coming from the LA Times and the New York Times during to help pass Obamacare was that emergency rooms would be less crowded because the newly insured would now be getting preventive care and would not be going to the emergency rooms for routine care. Those of us in the common sense community called BS on that right away but of course our voices were drowned out by all the media cheerleading.
There's no reason for to tie up the ER, they simply need to triage, and send the "non-emergency" patients down the hall to a union thug nurse practitioner.
"Sorry, I'm going on break...you'll just have to wait."
Reminds me of the SNL spoof of the ‘Union Awards’. “He on break.”
its hard to believe the ER didn’t use a triage system...chest pain should be right at the top....
the "back" aches seeking hydro's or better yet, oxy's....when they tell you that they're "allergic" to all nsaids(motrin,aleve, etc_) you know they're just seeking narcs...
Just saw this on another forum. Don’t really know what to make of it.
I was just being a jerk about unions, but the truth is, that is a simple solution for hospitals.
I need some of that medicine that starts with a D for my migraine. Nothing else works. I think it’s dilawya.
Like this guy in the UK
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 08th October 2009
A plumber whose arm was left twisted grotesquely out of shape in an accident ten months ago has had an operation to correct it 'cancelled four times'.
Torron Eeles, 50, has been left unable to work since falling down the stairs and now fears he may lose his home after being denied incapacity benefit.
The father-of-three today hit out at the NHS for the 'unacceptable delays'. His left arm has hung limply by his side since he fractured the humerus bone in December 2008.
Mr Eeles, from Welham Green, Hertfordshire, applied for employment and support allowance but a doctor ruled he is ineligible for both because he can turn on a tap.
I worked in an ER in Pocatello, ID pre-owebamacare 2006-2009. This is nothing new except there are more pathetic losers on Medicaid now.
There is nothing more disturbing than subsidizing a permanent underclass of Americans who are too stupid to take care of themselves so that they will vote demoncrat. Except maybe importing a whole new underclass of non-Americans to do the same damn thing!
Because her vitals were ok when we got there they just pushed her back, but the whole push to go to the ER was “because they can draw blood to determine if a heart attack had taken place”. When the visit is worse than the event something is wrong.
Had the same situation with my wife years ago when she had passed out; after waiting a couple of hours in the waiting room, she felt better and we went home. They sent us a bill, which I straightened out when I told them nobody had seen her but the triage nurse. WARNING: If you’re in the hospital and somebody walks in the room, looks at a chart, and leaves, they are probably a doctor and you will be billed for their services. Anyway, in this case (where we never even got to that point) they didn’t contest it and stopped seeking payment. The waiting room was filled with illegals; we weren’t going to see a doctor for hours.
My town’s hospital closed because of that nonsense; these “takers” are robbing us of services - make no mistake about it.
Except maybe importing a whole new underclass of non-Americans to do the same damn thing!
Yep. The Ruling Class is afraid they’ll run out of people who will vote for corrupt government.
But the funniest (ha-ha) are the people who are "allergic" to Tylenol, but oxycodone is the only thing that "works". Uh huh. Guess what oxycodone is made of?
Oh the lies they tell...guess they missed this dozy from the other day...
Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay
Bloomberg ^ | 7/30/2014 | Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece
I think the idea was that Obamacare patients would see regular, private doctors and therefore it would clear up the ER room crowds. I suspect that only the ER’s honor Obamcare as I’ve seen numerous signs that private doctors will not honor it. This thinking was more fairy dust and unicorn farts on the part of liberals.
We have a hospital here that built a ‘minute clinic’ next door. They are attached by a hallway. When you check in at the ER desk a triage nurse puts you on either list according to your complaint.
I see more hospitals doing this.