Why health care is so expensive I
A new study finds that 20-somethings, the people most likely to be without health insurance, are more likely responsible for hospital emergency room abuse.
The study by the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded that young adults use the emergency room nearly twice as often as children and adolescents and nearly three times as much as adults older than 30.
Young adults need help navigating the health care system. There are very few resources to help them make the transition from adolescence to adulthood," explains Robert Fortuna, senior instructor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Incredible. Fortuna really believe this?
The most informed, computer savvy generation in history unable to find resources to transit from adolescence to adulthood? I suppose this means that we need another expensive government program to guide them to "make the right choices."
Emergency rooms, of course, can't toss them out on the street for showing up with just a sore throat. But they ought to be able to do it. For non-emergency visits, payment should be made up-front, in cash if necessary. Maybe making everyone buy health insurance isn't just a bad idea after all.