Urgent Care Review
As the US gets older, the need for Emergency and Urgent care also rises. The existing physician shortage in the U.S. is expected to degenerate over time. Other issues are amplifying this shortage as well, including the shrinking economy and the recent signed into law health care reform.
General Care Deficit leads to Emergency Room Physician shortage
According to a press release by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Urgent care physicians will have loads of work accessible from Medicare, but they may not choose it. Medicare offers less desirable fees than private insurance so Primary Care physicians are much less likely to take on new Medicaid patients. As an end result, up to a third of all Medicare patients may not be able to find a Primary Care physician at all and may ultimately turning to Emergency care care as a last choice.
Some geographic areas are hit harder than others by these this information, such as Arizona. In some areas of the desert state, Primary Care doctor-to-citizen ratio is less than 6 doctors per 10k residents, according to a study by St. Lukes. The result of many more people not having access to general care will be an increased use of Emergency Room and Urgent Care centers. Naturally, Emergency and Urgent Care physicians are going to have their plates full if this trend is not dealt with.
Weakened Economy results in Crowded Clinics
As the weakening economy runs its track; many of the working to lower class are findg they are without available and affordable health benefits. Insurance policies are failing at an alarming rate, and citizens receiving COBRA coverage are also running out of options. With the axe coming down on reasonable healthcare, many people have decided they must do without fitting preventative healthcare. As you might predict, when the intensity of the condition can no longer be deferred with rest and home remedies, and starts to intensely interfere with daily life, the E.R. may be the only remaining place to turn to. Through the stock market crash, the housing bust, and record breaking unemployment records, emergency rooms and Urgent Care clinics are filling up faster than ever.
Baby Boomers in the ER
Another dilemma in the intensification of Urgent Care cases in the United States is due to another socioeconomic group that cannot be ignored. The baby boomers will result in an intense increase of the 65 and older demographic. This group statistically requires considerably more assets, personnel, specialists, and physician care. They need hospital and Emergency room services more and more often than any other age group.
Can Health Care Reform Solve ER problems?
Whether the health insurance reform will decimate us or not is neither here nor there. While it has passed and been signed into law, the main changes are not set to go into full effect until 2014. The repercussions of the reform may not be fully noted for years after that. Emergency & Urgent Care clinics overcrowding is a …