When we studied Obamacare and some of the outcomes the administration thought would happen from this new mandate, reducing the number of ER visits we thought was one of the plans. Seems as if that hasn’t happened and as a matter of fact, people are still going.
When my husband and I were discussing this, I said to him if people have health insurance for the first time and don’t understand it, I’d expect them to go to ER even if it wasn’t an emergency because that is what they know. That is what they are used to and feel comfortable with. Granted, that will cost them more yet this is their comfort zone.
As I went on to read the article, the reason for the increase is due to not enough primary care doctors to treat the increase of patients. Once again having health insurance does not guarantee access to health care. This in turn can lead to much frustration for those who have health insurance. They were led to believe they would have access.
If you are reading this, health insurance and health care are NOT synonymous. They are two very different things. It’s a shame that a lot people are going to find that out the hard way. ER visits don’t come without their long wait times.
What will you do if you have health insurance and can’t get into a primary care doctor’s office that is under your health insurance plan? Have you thought that far ahead? We cannot stress enough for you to have a PLAN B!! Have you ever seen those commercials about Medicare and they say how the first plan doesn’t cover everything and Medicare has its own supplemental plan!!
Given what is happening with health insurance, we would strongly recommend you have a Plan B if you have it. If you don’t have insurance, now is the time to check into alternative plans.