The Effect of the Massachusetts Healthcare Reform on Emergency Department Use
Article first published online: 28 MAR 2014
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World Medical & Health Policy
Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 9–21, March 2014
How to Cite
Hosseinichimeh, N. and Weinberg, S. (2014), The Effect of the Massachusetts Healthcare Reform on Emergency Department Use. World Medical & Health Policy, 6: 9–21. doi: 10.1002/wmh3.77
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 28 MAR 2014
- healthcare reform;
- healthcare policy;
- public policy
Lack of healthcare insurance is considered one of the drivers of the rise in emergency department (ED) use in the United States. Using survey-based, individual-level data, we compare ED use after the 2006 Massachusetts health insurance reform with ED use before the reform both in Massachusetts and nearby states. We find that the reform increased the insurance rate significantly by 5.29 percentage points. We do not find a statistically significant effect on ED visits but do not have enough power to rule out potentially relevant effects. It seems that policy makers hoping that insurance reform will dramatically decrease ED overcrowding are likely to be disappointed.