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Since Obamacare, ER visits down at L.A. County public hospitals
Since Obamacare, ER visits down at L.A. County public hospitals

The pace of growth in Los Angeles County emergency room visits slowed in the early months of Obamacare, according to state records that offer a first local look at a key objective of the healthcare overhaul. During the first three months of expanded health insurance coverage required by the federal Affordable Care Act, emergency room visits by patients who didn't require hospitalization increased 1.7% in the county compared with the same period last year, a Los Angeles Times analysis of data from 75 hospitals shows. Annual ER visits in the county had increased 3% last year and 5% in 2011 and 2012. The preliminary data contrasts with the findings of a recent, often-cited study that...

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