Waste in Health Care Sector. Where Americans Get Acute Care: Increasingly, It’s Not At Their Doctor’s Office. Stephen R. Pitts1, Emily R. Carrier2, Eugene C. Rich3 and Arthur L. Kellermann4 http ://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1620
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Can the new federal health care law: maintain access to primary care b? When an already inadequate and inefficient system takes on an expected 32 million newly insured customers?
“The E.R. is frequently the only option. Too often, patients can’t get the care they need, when they need it, from their family doctor.”
While the dollar amount is “not trivial,” the authors noted that the fraction of total health spending “is less than some imaginative estimates put forward in the health reform debate.”
The new health law did not make substantial changes to the medical liability system, despite Republican calls for restrictions on malpractice claims.