The high cost of ED care

Modern Healthcare - - DATA POINTS -

Health­care providers, in­sur­ers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers want to shift con­sumers away from seek­ing care in hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments to lower-cost set­tings. But the rate and cost of ED use re­mains high.

23% Per­cent­age in­crease in ED vis­its be­tween 2000 and 2010

—Amer­i­can Col­lege of Emer­gency Physi­cians

More than 400

Num­ber of free-stand­ing emer­gency rooms in the U.S., twice as many as in 2009

—Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion/Kaiser Health News

$9.2 bil­lion

To­tal ED spend­ing for treat­ing falls in 2010, fol­lowed by mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents ($5.1 bil­lion) and poi­son­ing ($1.8 bil­lion)

—Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity

129.8 mil­lion

Num­ber of ED vis­its in the U.S. in 2010

—Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion

Less than 15 min­utes

Time taken in the ED for 25% of pa­tient vis­its

—Na­tional Hos­pi­tal Am­bu­la­tory Med­i­cal Care Sur­vey, 2010


Per­cent­age of ED vis­its re­sult­ing in hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion

—Na­tional Hos­pi­tal Am­bu­la­tory Med­i­cal Care Sur­vey, 2010

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