Medicaid Puts Squeeze On Emergency Rooms | 101 KXL

Medicaid Puts Squeeze On Emergency Rooms

Written by Steve Leader on June 12, 2014
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An expansion of Medicaid, which is part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), is bringing more patients to emergency rooms.

E-R-‘s have become a last resort for some Medicaid patients, who usually don’t make much money.

Many of them are losing access to doctors who’ve cut-back on the number of Medicaid patients because reimbursements don’t cover their costs.   Vancouver Clinic announced recently it will no longer accept new Medicaid patients.

According to Tim Strickland, a spokesman for Peacehealth, the number of Medicaid patients at their emergency room in Vancouver during the first quarter of this year increased by an average of six-hundred per month compared with the 4th quarter of 2013.  He says much of that, about two-thirds, was offset by a drop in uninsured patients in the emergency room.

Strickland says they’re still analyzing and evaluating the financial impact of the increase.

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