Quote from scattycarrot
With all due respect a strep throat and D&V (unless you have comorbidities) are not emergencies and there is definitely a problem with the system if people are being encouraged to go to the ER, instead of their PCP (which would be more appropriate) whether they are on medicaid or not.
I went to the ER when I had diarrhea and vomiting last year, turned out I was also severely dehydrated. Spent 5 hours hooked up to an IV being rehydrated and given potassium. Waited in the ER for 2 1/2 hours even though when I arrived I almost passed out and could not walk because my muscles had stiffened up. Sat and watched people go in ahead of me that were out of the treatment room within 20 minutes so one can assume they weren't that serious.
As for Medicaid, not everyone that is on it feels and acts like they are "entitled" and abuses it. I was approved for it a couple of months ago but I haven't been to the ER once and I've seen my PCP one time. I only have 2 prescriptions and I'm sorry to say(for those who believe all medicaid patients are drug seekers) neither are for a narcotic drug. When I was sick last year and needed surgery I couldn't get in to see a neurosurgeon because I was self pay. I had to go to the ER and be referred to their on call NS and to this day I've never received a bill for his service. He is not the norm though. Now that I have Medicaid I can get in to see any of those specialists that wouldn't see me last year because they all take Medicaid.
People here talk about how entitled and rude Medicaid patients can be. What about the entitled and rude VIPs that pass through your hospitals? Do they receive the same scorn and disdain?