Hospitals across the nation are seeing a spike in emergency room visits under the new Obamacare regulations.
Nearly half of ER doctors across the country said they have seen more visits since January 1 in a poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians. 90 percent of them also said that they anticipate a rise in that number over the next 3 years.
Experts give a few probable reasons for the increase in visits: first, there aren’t enough primary care doctors to cover the newly insured patients. Second, some doctors don’t accept Medicaid, so the emergency room is the patient’s only choice. Third, poorer people can’t take time off work during regular office hours, so they resort to emergency rooms, which are open 24/7.
“It’s a perfect storm here,” Dr. Ryan Stanton of Lexington, president of the Kentucky chapter of the ER physician group, said.”We’ve given people an ATM card in a town with no ATMs.”