Emergency department use has increased substantially over the past 15 years, mostly<quoted text>
That is ridiculous. People go to the emergency room when they don't have insurance because they can't be turned away. People who have a regular doctor do not go to the emergency room for the "common cold". Obamacare will fix the problem not exasperate it.
because of increased use by people with private insurance and other health coverage.
While emergency department crowding is often attributed to the uninsured, their use of
emergency departments is considerably less than privately insured people. Increases in
emergency department visits by the uninsured account for only a small share of the overall
increase in emergency department volumes.
Statement of Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., Center for Studying Health System Change, before the U.S. Senate,
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, May 11, 2011