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Florida ER visits hold steady, bucking national trend

from WUSF-FM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency visits climbed to a record high of 146 million patients nationally in 2016 — the most recent year available. More than 8 million of those patients were seen in Florida emergency rooms. But the state Agency for Health Care Administration reports that the numbers in Florida have flattened since then, bucking the national trend. Dr. Vidor Friedman, an Orlando doctor and president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said that could be due in part to more urgent care use. more

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