Why are the uninsured not the cause, because they can’t afford to be there for the most part and many hospitals do not take the same amount of charity cases as do others. Recently in Atlanta, the new Grady hospital CEO challenged other hospitals in the area to stop sending all charity cases to their hospital when it was not an emergency and necessary if the patient could be treated at their facility. BD
The uninsured are not responsible for overcrowding in the nation's hospital emergency departments, despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, a study out Tuesday says. Rather, insured patients represent the majority of the increased use of the nation's emergency departments over the past decade, says the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.