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July 17, 2013

US Emergency Department Stats Raise More Concerns for Crowding

JAMA. 2013;310(3):252. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8157

About 20% of US residents make an annual emergency department visit, according to a recent federal report. Even though that figure has remained stable for more than a decade, population increases mean the total number of visits is up at a time when the number of emergency departments has dwindled.

In the government’s annual compilation of health data from state and federal agencies and the private sector, researchers added a special section on emergency care in the United States. The report notes that emergency departments recorded about 130 million visits in 2010, accounting for about 4% of all health care spending.