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Mapping Emergency Medicine: ER
Visits and Level 1 Trauma Centers by State
The south and northeast have the highest average ER visits per
capita while the mid-west and west are generally lower than the
U.S. average. Washington, DC tops the list of most ER visits per
capita at 784 visits for every 1,000 people, almost double the
More hospitals charge upfront
fees for non-urgent care in emergency
Source: Washington Post
Last year, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals
owned by HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, left
without treatment after being told they would have to first pay
$150 because they did not have a true emergency.
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Contusions, chest pain and abdominal pain were the top three
diagnoses given by emergency rooms in 2007. The top two reasons for
a trip to the ER for children under fifteen were acute upper
respiratory infections and ear infections. Abdominal pain sent
nearly 3 million women of all ages to the ER in 2007.
Emergency medicine specialists in short
Even under the rosiest of scenarios, it's unlikely the nation's
emergency rooms will be staffed with only emergency medicine
specialists anytime soon, Boston researchers predict.
Writing in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, lead author
Dr. Carlos A. Camargo of Massachusetts General Hospital estimates
that it would take until 2019 to find enough fully-trained,
board-certified emergency physicians to work in the 4,828 emergency
departments that are open 24 hours a day. And that best-case
projection assumes that no current doctors who meet those
qualifications die or leave their jobs.