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Emergency department visits rose, but misuse fell in 2016

from Healthcare Dive

While the total number of visits increased in 2016, those who used EDs for regular care decreased, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of emergency patients with nonurgent medical symptoms dropped from 5.5% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2016. Wait times also fell. Nearly 40% of ED patients had wait times of less than 15 minutes and 72% waited less than an hour. The CDC found that illness is a more common ED visit than injury. more

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