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ACA Brings More Patients to Hospital

emergency roomMEDFORD, Ore. — Hospitals are seeing a spike in patients due to The Affordable Care Act. Providence Medical Center said they have seen a 20 percent increase of patients over the past two weeks.

Providence Emergency Medical Director Dr. Cory Bergey D.O.  said this is because people are taking advantage of their new health insurance.

Most of those patients are heading to the emergency room.  This is creating longer wait times, and now workers are adjusting to the influx.

“We have folks coming in and working overtime, working multiple days in a row, folks coming in early and staying late of course,” Dr. Bergey said.

Dr. Bergey said newly insured people however should be finding a primary care physician of their own.  The emergency room is only helpful for those with emergency medical conditions.

“There’s just not a lot of ability for our primary care places in the valley to absorb the extra surge of patients right now, and it will take a couple weeks, a couple months for patients to find that placement,” said Dr. Bergey.

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center said it is not currently seeing an increase of privately insured people coming in at this time.

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