A new study shows that people who have had their insurance covered by Medicare and Medicaid are four times more likely to be hospitalized in emergency departments.
The study, conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIDA), was released Monday, April 12.
“I think it’s a very important piece of data that shows that there’s a significant relationship between having a Medicare-covered health care provider and an increased likelihood of being hospitalized,” said Dr. Daniel Kuehnle, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Policy and Outcomes.
“It suggests that a number of these [emergency room] visits can be prevented and that there is a lot that can be done to help patients get to the right care in the first place.”
The study analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) of nearly 7,000 people who had been admitted to a health care facility in the U.S. between January 1, 2008 and April 30, 2014.
The survey is used by states to measure the health care system’s readiness to provide health care services to the public.
The researchers found that people with Medicare coverage were four times as likely to have a hospital stay in an emergency department compared to people without the program.
The study looked at data from NHIS for people who were hospitalized in the emergency department between January and April of each year.
The researchers looked at the rate of emergency department visits per 100,000 person-years (p0.05).
The study also examined the type of hospital care received, and whether it was managed in a primary care setting or a community setting.
While the study did not look at people who are insured but have not received Medicare, the researchers noted that people in Medicare Advantage plans are at a greater risk of having emergency department visit rates of 3.3 times the national average.
In the study, people in those plans had a hospitalization rate of 2.6 times the average, while people in traditional Medicare plans had an emergency care rate of 3 times the U:I-7 rate.
In the study’s findings, the authors found that Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income individuals and families, is a major risk factor for hospitalization, with an estimated 1.6 million hospitalizations for every 100,00 people in Medicaid.
The authors noted that, because Medicaid is not a federal program, the federal government’s role in setting eligibility requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries has been minimal.
The study found that, while Medicaid had the highest hospitalization rates among the three insurance plans studied, the other two insurance plans did not have the highest rates.
The authors also looked at emergency room use and the risk of dying, the second most common cause of death in the United States.
They found that emergency room utilization in the private health insurance market is twice as high among people who do not have Medicare coverage as among people with Medicaid.
According to the researchers, Medicaid may be less likely to help people get to a doctor’s appointment than Medicare or other plans, but the findings do not rule out a role for the two health systems in preventing people from dying.
“We need to think about the impact of this policy change on the people who can’t get to their doctor because they’re in Medicaid or Medicare or another plan, and they’re not covered by the insurance,” said Kuehlle.
“But it’s also important to recognize that it’s going to be a long-term policy change.
People who are in the insurance market are going to have to adjust to being able to pay for health care in a way that they want to pay.”