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originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: Natas0114
"Hood rats" as you say, usually have Medicaid. Zero deductible. Fed and State taxpayers foot the bill. So many getting shot and stabbed in Chicago that the state is going broke faster than you can say..Damn!
The credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded the state of Illinois’ credit rating to BBB-, just one notch above a noninvestment-grade, or “junk,” rating. S&P has also placed the state rating on “negative” watch, meaning the agency could downgrade Illinois again in the near future.
originally posted by: Indigohues
It amuses me. Hood rats. Lol wow. It wouldn't give me such agitation if people had the balls to step from the curtain and show themselves truly. Imagine. Fashioning yourself as an intellect yet too #ing daft to observe gradiation in humans. Cultures races etc. #ing hood rat. So busy coming for the phallacy like an oasis you reveal your own inferiority. You need to believe in that classiest racist bull#. And guess what the system NEEDS YOU TO ALSO!!
Nine people accounted for nearly 2,700 of the emergency room visits in Central Texas during the past six years at a cost of $3 million to taxpayers and others, according to a report.
The patients - eight from Austin and one from Luling - went to emergency rooms 2,678 times between 2003 and 2008, said the report from the nonprofit Integrated Care Collaboration, a group of hospitals and other health care providers that treat low-income and uninsured patients in Central Texas.
"What we're really trying to do is find out who's using our emergency rooms ... and find solutions," said Ann Kitchen, executive director of the 26-member group, which presented the report last week to the Travis County Healthcare District board.
The average emergency room visit costs $1,000. Hospitals and taxpayers paid the bill through government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, Kitchen said.
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: flowerpower691
There is a reason people go to the ER and not to a GP. My wild guess is $$$. A GP will not see you with out it, and the ER can't kick your ass out, by law.
originally posted by: justme2
My typical night in the ED consists of seeing pt's that shouldn't be there. I do realize that it is a "safety net" for some, and that is perfectly fine. However - those pt's make up maybe 1%. Then we have another 1% with actual emergencies, and the other 98% consist of true non-emergent pt's that heavily monopolize resources in the ED.
You've had a cold for 2 days? But now at 0300 it's an emergency? NO. Non emergent.
You've thrown up *once* today but are now chomping down on a bag of doritos? Non emergent
You've stubbed your toe, and want "some of that medicine that starts with a D" -- NO, NO, NO. Non emergent.
These are the type of pt's that should be billed in full for their care. Not their insurance.
Those with conditions that could mimic life threatening ones, but turn out not to be SHOULD be covered.
Generally, unless you are starting to look like a smurf - the ER is not the place for the cold or flu.