Washington – A recent poll has shown that more Americans are visiting the Emergency Room prior to the introduction of Obamacare thereby depicting the failure of the program to meet the expectations. The increase in the visits to the ER has been observed in both the rural and urban hospitals.
Contrarily, the Obamacare policy was introduced to ensure that every US citizen visits the primary health physician for health care.
The poll results reveal that around a quarter of the 2,000-plus respondents has witnessed a rise in the number of ER visitors in the last year.
In contrast, the number of people who visited ER in the previous year was almost half. 28% doctors who reviewed the patients were witness to the significant increase in the visits to the ER whereas only 47% reported minor increases.
The poll was conducted by conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Expectations About Obamacare
The Obamacare policy was launched to lower the burden on the ER by insuring more than 10 million people throughout the country under the Affordable Care Act.
The main reason for coming up with the policy was to make sure that the people insured under it would be able to get medical aid at the early stages of any health illness.
It is possible by visiting the primary care physicians, which can eliminate the further need to contact the emergency health physicians.
In stark contrast to the expectations, the policy failed to meet the expectations and instead the visits to the ER increased. A paucity of primary healthcare physicians is one of the main reasons behind this failure.
The Federal Government has said that by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of around 20,000 primary care physicians.
The unwillingness of the health care givers to accept the patients having Medicaid policy is another reason for this. The doctors receive comparatively low reimbursement through this policy due to which they try to avoid the patients with Obamacare policy coverage.