Lack of alternatives force patients with Medicaid insurance to use emergency services, according to a study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The study is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM). Researchers, led by Roberta Capp, MD, used the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to study 4,606 patients and their reasons for seeking emergency care. Researchers classified the patient's reasons into two categories - those who used the emergency department because they felt they needed to get immediate medical care and those who used the emergency department because they had trouble accessing care elsewhere. They found:Relative to those with private insurance, adults with Medicaid and Medicare were similarly likely to seek emergency care due to an acuity issue.Adults with Medicaid and those with Medicaid and Medicare (i.e., dual eligible) were more likely than those with private insurance to seek emergency care because of access issues.Reasons for seeking care in an emergency department by health insurance type may be driven more by lack of access to alternate care, rather than by differences in patient-perceived acuity for patients covered by Medicaid insurance. The study suggests policy makers should focus on increasing timely access to primary care, especially for Medicaid beneficiaries. Improved care coordination between patients and emergency providers is also necessary to reduce emergency department utilization. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of new patients will be enrolled in Medicaid and added to an already overburdened primary care system. "There is a misconception that patients with Medicaid insurance are more likely to use emergency rooms for a non-urgent issue when compared with those who have private insurance," said Capp. "Medicine is complex and patients, no matter what insurance they have, are not always able to determine what is urgent or not urgent." Capp goes on to say Medicaid beneficiaries often mention the inability to get a hold of their primary care providers, get a return phone call or a same day appointment when neededSource: Eurekalert << Potential New Strategy to Improve Odds of Corneal Transplan... Effects of Fructose Limited to Excess Calorie Intake >> Recommended Reading Health Insurance - Basics Health insurance guarantees payments to a person in the event of sickness or injury.and works as protection scheme READ MORE An Introduction - Indian General [Non-Life] Insurance Companies In today's age of consumerism, insurance requirements have expanded to keep pace with the increasing risks. READ MORE An Update on UK Health Insurance Choices are plenty so spend time researching various policies before committing yourself. READ MORE Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company Limited Apollo Munich Health Insurance Co. Ltd is a joint venture of Apollo Hospitals Group, Munich Health. Apollo Munich offers a wide array of health insurance plans. READ MORE Road Traffic Accidents and Road Safety Road accidents are one of the significant causes of disability, injury and death in the world. Every hour, nearly 14 lives are lost due to road accidents in India. READ MORE What is Medicare / Medicaid? Medicaid / Medicare are different governmental programs that provide medical and health-related services to specific groups of people in U.S. and managed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE Women More Prone to Road Rage If you find your self getting mad and cursing under your breath while driving, you are a victim of road rage. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Blood Donation - Recipients More News on: EmergencyAlarming Facts about Road Traffic AccidentsRoad Traffic Accidents and Road SafetyWomen More Prone to Road RageWhat is Medicare / Medicaid?