Report: Overuse Of Local ERs Costing Millions

From 10News:

Research conducted by 10News’ media partner U-T San Diego found out who is overusing San Diego’s emergency rooms and how much it is costing taxpayers.

We have people that literally will use the emergency department over a hundred times,” said James Dunford, the city of San Diego’s medical director and an ER doctor for 32 years.

That is more than 100 times in one year, and Dunford said about half of frequent users are homeless, but all have fallen through the cracks.

“They have very complicated medical problems, chronic diseases. They usually have some kind of mental problem, they often times have substance abuse [issues],” said Dunford. “This is a super-user problem that’s generating super bills.”

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