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By JGillman, Section News
One of the major reasons used for justifying medicaid expansion in Michigan was that too many were using the hospital emergency rooms, rather than using a regular doctor.
If fact, during the building expansion debate in 2013, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder claimed as much:
"Currently, Snyder says we are funding the Emergency room visits of those without coverage through our increased insurance fees. He believes it would save money to send them to doctors opposed to the Emergency room.Huh, I guess he was wrong.
At least as is being reported in the Detroit News (and in a million other [surprised] outlets) he was:
" A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic."And there you go.
And it wasn't as if there was no warning. It wasn't as if there was no one talking about an increase in Medicaid use, coupled with a reduction of Doctors to handle such things.
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