A recent study that calls into question the “widely held belief that uninsured people are clogging the nation’s” emergency departments to receive no-cost care for minor ailments “leaves another troublesome implication: that many uninsured patients are simply going without needed care until they become so sick that they can’t stay away,” a New York Times editorial states. According to the editorial, “There are many causes of emergency room crowding,” including ED closures, a shortage of primary care physicians, a “concomitant rise in the number of patients turning to emergency rooms and a shortage of inpatient beds into which the sickest patients can be moved.” The editorial continues, “These problems need to be solved with an infusion of money and resources,” adding that it also “remains critical to provide health coverage for some 45 million uninsured Americans.” The editorial states, “The new study suggests that many of them may not ‘just go to an emergency room’ for the care they need” (New York Times, 10/30).
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