HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: Cost, Quality, Accessibility Spur Poor to Choose ER Care

23 Jul
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Poorer Americans are more likely to seek treatment at hospitals (mostly from the emergency room) than from primary care doctors because hospitals are less costly, more convenient and provide better quality care. Attempting to reduce healthcare disparities by improving the quality of hospital care could actually worsen the trend – it will be important to  improve the accessibility of primary care (for example, by reducing the complicated referral systems needed to see a specialist). This pattern of health care is extremely costly to society –  $30.8 billion annually and poorer health outcomes for these poor individuals.

Read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138495.html

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