Kenai, Alaska (KINY) You would be surprised that only a small percentage of people make up most of the costs at the emergency rooms of Alaska hospitals.
The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health did an analysis of emergency room visits and found that 1,216 patients visited emergency rooms more than 10 times last year while 6,651 visited at least five times. The report found that 6 percent of the patients accounted for $148 million in hospital costs last year..
Some people are even more chronic users of emergency rooms. Eight patients visited emergency rooms at least 50 times. Another 95 people visited at least 25 times last year. These patients were covered in some cases by private insurance and some on public insurance plans like Medicare or Medicaid.