Increases in ER Visits Despite ObamaCare Promises

Though advocates of ObamaCare asserted that the president’s healthcare law would diminish wait times at emergency rooms, data show that there has been an increase in visits to the ER since the implementation of ObamaCare.

The Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal reports, “Nationally, nearly half of ER doctors responding to a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians said they’ve seen more visits since January 1, and nearly nine in 10 expect those visits to rise in the next three years.”

The survey polled more than 1,800 emergency room doctors last month, with 46 percent reporting increases in the number of emergency room patients since January 1, the day ObamaCare took effect. Over the next three years, 86 percent of the doctors surveyed indicated they believed emergency room visits will increase further.

Analysts have provided a number of causes for the spike, including a significant shortage of primary care physicians.

An investigative report released earlier this month revealed that the shortage of primary care physicians is not plaguing simply veterans, but America as a whole. “America is running out of doctors,” wrote the National Journal. “The country will be 91,500 physicians short of what it needs to treat patients by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. By 2025, it will be short 130,600.”

The highest demand for the Veterans Affairs Department, as well as nationwide, is for primary care physicians, such as general internists, family doctors, and pediatricians — the type of doctors many people go to first for non-emergency medical attention before seeing specialists. In 2012, an Annals of Family Medicine study predicted the country will need 52,000 more primary-care physicians by 2025.