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What role do emergency rooms play in the healthcare system?

from Medical Daily

While many people hope that increasing insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act will lead to a decrease in emergency room visits, access to Medicaid may actually be linked to an increased use of emergency services among adults. And what about children? An analysis of emergency room visits by children, teens, and young adults in California found that rates increased across the uninsured as well as the insured, no matter their group. "Shifts in insurance (from private and no insurance to Medicaid) during the recession likely influenced the trends during this time," wrote the authors in their conclusion. more

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