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Medicaid Visits Often for Urgent & Serious Symptoms

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National study results suggest that the majority of ED visits made by non-elderly Medicaid patients are for urgent or more serious medical issues, a finding that is contrary to the popular belief that such visits in this population are usually for routine care. In a study, nonurgent symptoms accounted for just 10% of visits made by non-elderly Medicaid patients, compared with 7% of visits made by privately insured nonelderly patients.

Abstract: HSC Research Brief No. 23, July 2012.

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