Here’s a health care prediction for you

March 24th, 2010

Whether they have health insurance or not, cialis sale drugstore poor people won’t suddenly stop using the ER as their primary source of care.

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  • 1. David Casper  |  March 25th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Agreed.

  • 2. John Foust  |  March 25th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Those funny poor people! Why don’t they just jump in their SUV and head over to their local Urgent Care or go to their local family doc during the day? Next thing you know, they’ll be complaining about the lack of fresh produce in their grocery stores! That’s if they had real suburban style grocery stores, I guess. Why don’t they just move?

  • 3. Elliot  |  March 25th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I understand why you reacted that way, John, but I wasn’t I criticizing poor people. I was reacting to a statement I heard on the news the said one of the ways the health care bill would save money was that people would have insurance so they wouldn’t be using expensive ER care. My prediction is that the habit (and convenience) of going to the ER and the unfamiliarity with having a family physician is likely to keep that particular cost-saving expectation from coming true.

  • 4. John Foust  |  March 25th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Certainly it’s not only poor people who are abusing the convenience of the ER… so why did you aim this at the poor? Easy target? Even the hospitals have blurred the lines between “emergency room” and “urgent care” and various other permutations of fast-track medical care. They want the business, they want to keep their docs and nurses busy, and the facility full.

    Any service or charity that offers something for free needs to perform a little triage to determine how someone might be abusing the system. If you want to suggest something positive about how to get better primary medical care to the poor, we’re all ears.

    How about loosening the grip of certification on those allowed to practice the spectrum of medicine? Loosening the grip on the prescriptions required to get anything stronger than ibuprofen or Neosporin?

  • 5. Debunked  |  March 26th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Be sure to link back to this in twenty years so we can see if this prediction was correct or not.

    Legislation sometimes requires generational changes. Just because the slaves were freed 150 years ago doesn’t mean their children grew up in well situated and educated environments. Blacks in America are still feeling the effects of the Jim Crow laws from the early 20th century, and anybody who denies that is an idiot.

  • 6. Elliot  |  March 26th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    John, I didn’t invent the idea that poor people get ALL their care (including non-emergent care) through ERs. So I’m not sure why you keep acting like I’ve personally singled them out.

    And, I agree, Debunked, it will take time for change.

    That’s the point of the post. There was a claim that one of the ways providing insurance to the uninsured would lower over all health care cost would be lowering the dependence on expensive ER care for non-urgent conditions.

    My point is the same as yours. There won’t be an instant money-saving effect because it will take a long time to get people to change their habits.

  • 7. Debunked  |  March 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Did I miss something? I haven’t heard anybody stating there would be an instant money-saving effect.

    The CBO estimates that keep being touted predict deficit reductions over the next ten and twenty years. Not months.

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