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ER Frequent Use Drops With Rise In Insured

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Using the hospital as the doctor's office is not uncommon in America.  When you're low on cash and don't have insurance, visiting the emergency room is a viable option. 

And may be less of an option now that more people are insured. 

Research out of the University of California-San Francisco notes the use of emergency rooms dropping in California since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  There are some caveats to the information, which lead author Shannon McConville explains in her visit.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
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