Jill Tucker, RN says:

“Neither government pressure nor hospital cost-cutting proposals should determine whether a patient visits the ER. But a proposal among some states would deny Medicaid payments to hospitals when an ER admits patients with health problems that could have been treated in a doctor’s office. Emergency room visits are traumatic enough without patients being required to self-diagnose prior to making the decision to go to an ER. And a study shows that less than 6% of people go to an ER with conditions that could otherwise have been treated in a doctor’s office. A clear and accurate assessment from a healthcare professional is what a patient seeks when entering an ER—and that is what the patient deserves.”
How Ideas To Cut ER Expenses Could Backfire

NPR.org  March 20, 2013