Emergency room sign The study results suggest that there are factors other than insurance coverage that are hindering efforts to encourage patients to turn to other providers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Too many people are still relying on emergency departments as their go-to place for health care, despite the Affordable Care Act.

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

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