Emergency room sign The studyresults suggest that there are factors other than insurancecoverage that are hindering efforts to encourage patients to turnto other providers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Too many people are still relying on emergency departments astheir go-to place for health care, despite theAffordable Care Act.

According to a study published in JAMA Network Open found that even though more peopleare insured and uninsured ED visits dropped after theimplementation of the ACA in 2014, ED visits overall are still onthe rise. In fact, they rose by 2.3 million a year between 2006 and2016, although the proportion of visits that were uninsured stayedrelatively static from 2006 to 2013 and constituted 14 to 16percent of visits. Uninsured visits, the report adds, made up 8percent of all ED visits by 2016.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.