Wednesday, July 11. 2012
A report from the Center for Studying Health Systems showed that most Medicaid patients go to doctor's offices for routine issues, and leave more serious problems for the emergency room.
The report found that only 10 percent of Medicaid users went to the emergency room for an issue that was not immediately dangerous, Reuters noted. In addition, those with private plans did not have a much different rate, as one in 14 practiced this, despite it being recommended to use the doctor's office for such problems.
"If you picked a Medicaid recipient and a privately insured patient out of an emergency department waiting room and asked them both why they were there, the likelihood that they described symptoms we would call non-urgent is pretty similar," Emily Carrier, researcher for the Center for Studying Health Systems, told the news source.
While Medicaid may seem like the only healthcare option for some, it doesn't have to be. There are many private options available, and some may have affordable health insurance rates that can fit a person's budget.
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