Changes in Medical Care and Insurance Impacting Usage of Emergency Rooms.

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Sharnjit Sohi

The changes in medical care and insurance and how it impacts usage of emergency rooms was studied. Because of the changes in medical care and insurance, the Affordable Care Act, the emergency room has become a crowded doctor’s office. Lacking on the number of how much availability there is for patients in emergency rooms already, the need for emergency rooms continues to increase. The significance of this study is to see how the current changes in health care insurance have impacted how often or how many people visit the emergency room seeking medical attention. This study will help health care administrators with how to plan for the future when it comes to being most efficient in seeing patients in a timely manner and having the more serious patients visit the emergency room and less serious patients visiting primary care physicians. The social problem that is addressed is that there are many uninsured and underinsured individuals who turn to the emergency room seeking medical attention instead of having the opportunity to see a primary care physician. That contributes to the crowdedness of emergency rooms overall. This is an exploratory study because exploratory research is based off secondary research. For example, by reviewing available literature, data, or using qualitative approaches, which is how this study is conducted. The unit of analysis in this study is the effect of changes in the Affordable Care Act on the usage of emergency rooms. A theory that guides this research is purely to improve health care quality in the United States. Having emergency room usage increase, along with the number of insured people increasing, health administrators are designing strategies that will benefit patients and improve the health care they receive. The specific population that this study will be about is the population of the United States, more…...

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