Emergency Room Visits Increased

    A paediatric emergency room suite is shown in the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida  September 30, 2013. If needed, surgery can be performed in the room. The Obama administration accelerated its push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most extensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in 50 years, the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as ìObamacareî) even as the program's foes in Congress fought to delay its launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown. The Jackson Health System is  the largest in Florida and one of the largest in the U.S.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH) - RTR3FGD2

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    Despite predictions that health-care reform would reduce expensive visits to the emergency room, a study in Oregon finds that newly insured people actually go more often. The study, published in the journal Science, found that those who gained coverage made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room in their first 18 months of insurance. The trend held across demographics, conditions treatable in primary care, and time of day. The findings cast doubt on the premise of the policy overhaul—that insured people would go to primary-care doctors instead of the ER, thus saving the system money.

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