Unveiled Thursday in the
"People will go back to waiting until it's too late to access health care," said Dr.
Quiogue said that means more people with high medical needs will appear in emergency rooms, including people suffering heart attacks, strokes and complications from chronic illnesses such as diabetes that require amputations or other expensive treatment. All of these illnesses can be preventable with primary care.
"It means we're taking a step back toward a 'sick care system' instead of a 'health care system,'" she said.
Under the Affordable Care Act, emergency departments in
Quiogue said the shortage of primary care physicians, an ongoing national crisis, may also have left many of the newly insured under Obamacare with few options seeking primary and preventative care, leading to more emergency room visits. But since the expansion of Medicaid -- and by extension
Those improvements, however, could become meaningless under the
"This new legislation will create burdens on ERs that are unsustainable and dangerous," Parker said in a statement.
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