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Minnesota Finds Access Barriers Influence Emergency Department Utilization

Going to a primary care clinic might not be nearly as easy as it seems, and according to a new University of Minnesota School of Public Health study, it can be especially difficult for people with low-income and public insurance. “If people do not have good access to primary health care, they are going to go to the ED (emergency department),” says Dr. Nathan Shippee, assistant professor and researcher specializing in primary care and access disparities and author of the study published in BMC Health Services Research. Dr. Shippee wanted to find out just what these access barriers might be for people enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs. In his research, he looked at financial issues, like worries about insurance limitations, and non-financial issues, such as transportation.