Three-quarters of the 2,099 doctors responding to the nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in emergency room (ER) visits since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, went into effect on January 1, 2014.
In the same survey, 28 percent of the respondents say ER use has “increased greatly.”
What providers are witnessing daily in the ER is not what the Obama administration promised would happen, says Dr. Richard Armstrong, a surgeon who practices in Michigan and serves as a board member of the Docs4PatientCare Foundation.
“Obamacare obviously did nothing to reduce the incentive for patients to use the ER as their primary care doctor,” Armstrong said.
High ER Primary Care Costs
All people make their choices based on incentives, and yet Obamacare did nothing to require co-pays from Medicaid patients, Armstrong says.
“It’s not unusual to see a Medicaid patient who simply has a headache to come to...
South Carolina’s House of Representatives voted 103‒1 in April to end the state’s certificate of need (CON) law in 2018.
CON laws are a complex set of regulations that limit health care choices by preventing providers from entering new markets or increasing existing capacity without first gaining approval from state regulators to buy equipment, expand facilities, or open new ones.
When a company applies to enter a new market, existing providers can use the CON process to block them, allowing a...
“Expand Medicaid or else!”
That’s the message the Obama administration sent to Florida, Kansas, Tennessee, and Texas. President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw special funding to pay for hospitals and doctors for impoverished citizens if the states in question do not comply.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave officials in those states the same message: Expand Medicaid or risk losing federal funding for “uncompensated care pools,” Medicaid money that helps pay for health...