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CDC says 20% of US citizens visited an emergency department in 2007

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2743
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the demand for emergency services in the United States has been rising since 1996, although many emergency departments have been closing. The result is overcrowding and longer waits.

    In 2007, there were 116.8 million visits to emergency departments, compared with 90.3 million in 1996.

    The report, which covers 2007, looks at how race and ethnicity, insurance status, age, family income, and urgency of need for care affected visits to emergency departments. It used data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey and the 2007 …

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