A survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians claims that more patients are using the ER due to narrow networks and high deductibles. This is a blatantly flawed survey (just read the question composition) designed solely for the purpose of pressuring health plans to pay ER doctors more. It is simply disgraceful for a profession like medicine to corrupt science in this way and it ignores the fact that larger networks and richer benefits raise premiums, which also hurts patients.
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