New City Audit Reveals Outsized Impact of Frequent Fliers on Hospital System
by Spencer Lam
Dec 06, 2018
A new audit requested by supervisor Ahsha Safai reveals the outsized impact of a small portion of the City’s population on emergency hospital services. The audit showed that, in the 2016-17 FY, 2,239 adults accounted for 52% of the $511 million spent on emergency services, many with behavioral health diagnoses who are homeless. This translates to 5% of emergency services users accounting for $266 million of that total sum. 

Safai called the audit “eye-opening,” Wednesday night at the Board’s Governmental and Audit Oversight Committee meeting, asking: “How do we reduce that cost and get the level services for those 2,200 individuals? “Emergency care can’t be the answer.”