Emergency Room Doctors Say Health Law Will Make ER Crowding Worse
Hospital emergency rooms, the theory goes, get overcrowded because people without health insurance have no place else to go .But that’s not the view of the doctors who staff those emergency departments. The real problem, according to a new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians, isn’t caused by people who don’t have insurance — it’s caused by people who do, but still can’t find a doctor to treat them.
I realize this is bad news for patients. It’s only going to increase wait time. But isn’t it actually good news for us as emergency providers? There is now going to be a huge influx of paying patients, so doesn’t that mean job security, maybe even increased wages as demand for ER providers increases? Sure there may be even more runny noses and back pain than before, but certainly this is good news as well as bad.