Peter V. Andrews: ER visits expensive

February 15, 2013 

ER visits expensive

N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger wrote that the Medicaid program is too expensive (“The missing Medicaid facts” Feb. 14).

In the words of a friend of mine I would say, “Compared to what?” Anyone who goes to an emergency room sees a whole lot of people who look as though they shouldn’t be there. While the “we” really have no right to judge the “they,” I do suspect that many people are using emergency rooms for treatment of every kind of medical problem simply because they do not have – and cannot afford – medical insurance. Wouldn’t you? Now how expensive is that, Mr. Berger?

Peter V. Andrews


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