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Health Agencies Update
September 22/29, 2004

The ED and the Uninsured

JAMA. 2004;292(12):1419. doi:10.1001/jama.292.12.1419-a

Patients without health insurance are flooding US emergency departments, according to a new report by the National Association of Community Health Centers, in Bethesda, Md.

An estimated 43 million individuals in the United States lack health insurance, many of whom rely on emergency department visits for their basic primary care. In 2002, there were 110.2 million visits to hospital emergency departments, up from 89.8 million in 1998. Meanwhile, there were 15% fewer emergency departments in 2002 than in 1998.

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