Blaming uninsured for crowded ED is wrong, won't fix problem

December 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Dec2008, Vol. 82 Issue 12, p48
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The article discusses a study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" concerning perceptions that uninsured adults in the U.S. are the primary cause of overcrowding in emergency departments (EDs) or use EDs to seek treatment for minor ailments. Researchers compared assumptions on uninsured patients in the ED with available data on ED visits. Common beliefs that the uninsured use the ED for nonurgent care, or that they are the leading cause of ED crowding are not supported by data, the study found.


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