Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Factors Contributing to Increasing U.S. Health Care Costs
Slide content:ED Utilization and Uninsured Uninsured care cause for ED overcrowding? 2008, Weber examined ED use Percent of uninsured using the ED did not change over 10 years Non-poor insured with PCP accounted for most increase in ED visits 22
Slide notes:It is often believed that the uninsured account for overcrowding and use of an excessive amount of services through the emergency department, or ED under the EMTALA Act. However, in 2008, Weber published a retrospective study and found that the percentage of uninsured using the emergency department did not change over ten years. The research found that most of the increase was due to non-poor insured with a primary care physician as their usual source of care, using the ED for non-urgent care. 22