Thursday, June 29, 2017

Presented without comment because this doesn't get enough attention.

Emergency room visits by Medi-Cal patients soaring, state data shows.

"California’s low-income residents continue to head straight for the emergency room — instead of their doctor’s office — for expensive treatment, a practice that the Affordable Care Act was supposed to curb. 

Three years into Obamacare, new figures show, ER visits by the state’s Medi-Cal patients rose 44 percent from early 2014 to late 2016. 

That’s pretty much the opposite of what former President Barack Obama had predicted in 2009, the year before the law was passed. The Obamacare provision expanding Medicaid was designed to get low-income people to start going to doctors in cost-efficient “managed care” plans."

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