Capsules: Researchers Look At Why Poor Patients Prefer Hospital Care

Now on Kaiser Health News blog, Ankita Rao looks at a study that explores where low-income patients seek health care: "Long wait times, jammed schedules, confusing insurance plans – there’s no shortage of obstacles between a patient and her doctor. That is, if she has a doctor. But a Health Affairs study published Monday says the barriers for poor people looking to get care are even higher, and it’s leading them away from preventive doctor visits and toward emergency rooms and costly, hospital-based care" (Rao, 7/8). Check out what else is on the blog.

 

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