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Kentucky ER Visits Rising

The federal Affordable Care Act has fueled a problem in Kentucky that it was supposed to solve. The ACA was expected to reduce the number of non-emergency visits to hospitals but, instead, they are rising.

Sheila Currans is chief executive officer of Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana. She spoke with Insight Cable’s Pure Politics. Currans says ER visits are increasing because so many previously uninsured Kentuckians do not have a primary care physician. She says their only experience with the health care system has been to use the emergency room at the closest medical center…

Currans tells Pure Politics a patient’s lack of a primary care physician makes it more difficult to refer that person to a specialist for treatment of a chronic disorder. She says many newly-insured Kentuckians have multiple chronic conditions.

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