Who needs a Dr when you can just dial 911 and go to the ER.
The overwhelming mojority of these non emergency 911 calls are from people who are on some sort of government entitilement program such as medicaid. In Alabama where I work, there is no copay of any kind for medicaid patients. For instance I have a $300 er copay with my Blue Cross policy, as apposed to a $40 copay for Dr office visit. Its pretty obvious which one I would rather pay. But these people who dont have to pay a single cent to see the Dr has no motivation to not go to the er, or call 911 so they dont have to wait!
This trend Im afraid will put alot of private ambulance services out of business and require a take over of the EMS services by the government. Surely this will only get worse as our President has made it his priority to get as many people on government managed healthcare his top priority. America we need to do something about the abuse of the system. I propose that begin to wean these people of off these wasteful entitlements and push them to become useful members of society. I believe it would be a great idea to start requiring copays for medicaid just as the private insurance companies do.
Posted 03-11-2011 at 20:14 by Ima19man