Just read the article “Study finds jump in ER-related admissions.”
Actually, this could be a good sign, that the ER is being used more appropriately for things that need admission. This might mean more people are being seen in urgent care, by nurse practitioners in community outposts, and doctor visits within the system.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kate Jansky, certified registered nurse anesthetist,
Regarding the article “Study finds jump in ER-related admissions,”
it would be very interesting to see how much of the increase came from patients covered by Medicare. Also, the insurance companies as well as Medicare/Medicaid should make patients responsible to take care of themselves proactively. If they haven't made an effort to get regular check-ups, then they should be made to bear a larger portion of the cost of ER bills.
Damo Baliga, administrator, Bendiner & Schlesinger,