Emergency Department Visitors and Visits: Who Used the Emergency Room in 2007? CDC – published May 2010

Posted on May 21, 2010. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

Emergency Department Visitors and Visits: Who Used the Emergency Room in 2007? CDC – published May 2010

“Since 1996, demand for emergency services in the United States has been rising (1). While the number of emergency departments (EDs) across the country has decreased, the number of ED visits has increased (1). As a result, EDs are experiencing higher patient volume and overcrowding, and patients seeking care are experiencing longer wait times (2,3). As national health care costs continue to rise and policymakers become increasingly interested in ways to make the health care system more efficient, it is important to understand the characteristics of those individuals who use EDs—often in place of other sources of ambulatory care.”

Media report in US Today on the study:
Study: Uninsured don’t go to the ER more than insured 

…”The aim of “Emergency Department Visitors and Visits: Who Used the Emergency Room in 2007?” was to determine the types of visitors who use hospital ERs. 

The results may surprise some who believe that ERs mainly serve uninsured people, says second author Amy Bernstein, chief of the Analytic Studies Branch in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology for the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics.”

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