Their study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Prior research suggests that uninsured and underinsured patients were more likely to be transferred from the ED to another hospital, especially if they needed specialized care for an emergency. But other studies failed to account for differences in the ability of hospitals to provide those specialized services, such as intensive care.
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To explore the issue further, the Yale researchers analyzed data from a national sample of EDs for one year. They included only hospitals that offered critical care to treat three conditions commonly seen in the ED: asthma, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The research team reviewed more than 200,000 ED visits and found significant differences -- linked with insurance status -- in whether patients were transferred, discharged, or hospitalized. "Patients who are uninsured or...
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