Here’s one study with an answer that’s surprising, and another finding that’s not:
Thu Nov 8, 2007 3:15pm EST
By Lisa Baertlein
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s Medicaid program for the poor may put more financial burden on overcrowded hospital emergency rooms than the nation’s 47 million uninsured, according to a study published on Thursday.
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University found that the uninsured patients paid 35 percent of their overall emergency room bills in 2004, versus 33 percent for Medicaid.
Wow. Read the rest for the full story of declining reimbursement from all sources, then ask why ED’s are closing.