In Texas, at a cost of 3 million dollars, nine uninsured individuals went to the ER almost 2,700 times between 2003 to 2008. People who are uninsured often go to the ER as they cannot be turned away.
The visits, at a cost of $1,000 per visit, are billed to the tax payers via Medicare and Medicaid. The individuals include five women with the average age of 40 and four men with the average age of 50, most of which have drug abuse problems and mental health issues.
Dr. Christopher Ziebell says it's a "significant issue," with solutions including the individuals to mental health programs or doctors for primary care.