The National Center for Health Statistics has just released updated numbers on emergency department use in the U.S. and the five most populous states Here are some key findings:
- The national ED visit rate in 2012 was 42 visits per 100 persons.
- The national percentage of ED visits resulting in an admission to the same hospital was 11%.
- Nationwide, 63% of all ED visits were made by adults aged 18-64; children accounted for 21% of visits and the elderly 65 and over for 16%.
- Private insurance was the expected primary source of payment for 29% of ED visits, and Medicaid or CHIP accounted for 25%.
Data is also available for California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas.
Source: Hing E and Rui P. Emergency department use in the country’s five most populous states and the total United States, 2012. NCHS [National Center for Health Statistics] Data Brief, no. 252, June 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db252.pdf
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