CareNet members’ visits to ER fall 25%

From the Toledo Blade:

Emergency room visits by Toledo/Lucas County CareNet members have dropped by a quarter in the last five years, a clear indication the program’s goal of providing health care to uninsured residents is working, a CareNet official says.

While CareNet’s roughly 5,000 members received nearly 15,500 primary care appointments in 2011, a slight increase from the year before, the number of emergency room visits that year alone declined 7 percent. And CareNet members also had a 28 percent decrease in inpatient hospital days between 2010 and 2011, according to a recent report.

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