Friday, January 3, 2014

New study: Medicaid beneficiaries use emergency rooms more than the uninsured...

It isn't by a small amount either. Medicaid beneficiaries use emergency rooms 40% more than the uninsured. This is the opposite of the rational for Obamacare. We were told getting people insurance would cause them to use the emergency room less and save money. That was a liberal fairy tale.

Via Reason:
A new study of Medicaid beneficiaries in Oregon makes a strong version of this case. The study, published today in the journal Science, finds that adult Medicaid beneficiaries rely on emergency rooms about 40 percent more than similar uninsured adults.
“When you cover the uninsured, emergency room use goes up by a large magnitude,” said Amy Finkelstein, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who served as a lead investigator on the study, in an MIT press statement accompanying the study.
There were no exceptions to the trend. “In no case were we able to find any subpopulations, or type of conditions, for which Medicaid caused a significant decrease in emergency department use,” said Finkelstein.
We’ve seen real-world evidence that Medicaid increases emergency room utilization before, in states like California. But the Oregon study should settle any lingering debate.

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