Here's a blurb of an article I read today:
"AUSTIN, Texas – Just nine people accounted for nearly 2,700 of the emergency room visits in the Austin area during the past six years at a cost of $3 million to taxpayers and others, according to a report. "
Here's the rest: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090402/ap_on_re_us/frequent_er_patients
I snickered at that because that honestly isn't a lot. My husband works in EMS and just ONE person in his territory calls 911, uses the ambulance EVERY time and goes to the ER a total of no less than 1095 PER YEAR for the past 20+ years. That's OVER $1,095,000, on average for ONE PERSON in ONE YEAR (not including the ambulance bill)..I won't even multiply it by 20 years..you get the picture. There are HUNDREDS of people in his city alone that do the SAME thing (it's a country-wide problem). Do you think we can still afford UHC for ALL despite this? It really worries me!
Asked by Anonymous at 11:59 AM on Apr. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
And to answer OP's question. No, we don't have enough money. Look at every social program the gov't has implemented... Now which of those have a strong fiscal outlook? Which are managed effectively? IMO~The Gov't will run out of money and I bet within 8 years Obama and Democrats will be taxing those making over $50,000/yr. Medicare and Social Sec are set to start running out of money in the next 7-10 years. Maybe Obama should have reformed those programs FIRST before he went on a spending spree for NEW programs?
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Answer by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on Apr. 2, 2009
Imagin: And if they had better health coverage and preventative health care, maybe they wouldn't be using the ER.
In most cases Prev. HC is about making good choices. Resources are avail. FREE TODAY. Why aren't people utilyzing them NOW? Why must they be handheld by the government?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:49 PM on Apr. 2, 2009