Shreya Kangovi and David Grande, USA Today, Low-Income Patient Preferences
A USA Today article spotlights a new study by LDI Senior Fellows Shreya Kangovi and David Grande detailing how low-income patients prefer hospital care over primary physician care because they believe the treatment is more affordable, convenient and of higher quality. "These patients eloquently explain to us how we have built a health care system that incentivizes them to wait and get sick in order to get care that is more costly to society," said Grande, MD, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine.
Kangovi, MD, Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, pointed out that, "There is a myth that low-income patients are coming to the ER with non-urgent problems. The reverse is true." They are foregoing primary care and putting off treatments until their conditions require hospital admission.