How many Emergency Department visits are emergencies?

Studies have shown that up to 71 percent of Emergency Department visits are not medically necessary, and could have been cared for safely at an Urgent Care or at a doctor’s office.

Each year, there are 140 million Emergency Department visits a year in the United States.

Eleven percent of patients who are seen in the Emergency Department are admitted to the hospital.

Patients who don’t take their medications as prescribed have a 17% increase in Emergency Department use and 10% increased hospital admission rate.

The average cost of an Emergency Department visit is about $1200.

If 10% of Emergency Department visits were seen instead at an Urgent Care or doctor’s office care, it would reduce health care spending by $168,000,000.


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