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Emergency department visit rates by selected characteristics : United States, 2018

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    Data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2018 • The overall emergency department (ED) visit rate (39 visits per 100 persons) and visit rates by metropolitan statistical areas did not change between 2007 and 2018. • The ED visit rate was highest for infants under age 1 year (101 visits per 100 infants) followed by adults aged 75 and over (52 per 100 persons). • The ED visit rate for females was higher than the rate for males. • The ED visit rate for non-Hispanic black or African American persons (87 visits per 100 persons) was higher than the rate for persons from all other race and ethnic groups. The ED visit rate for patients with private insurance was lowest, while the rate for patients with Medicaid was highest compared with all other sources of payment. In 2018, there were an estimated 130 million emergency department (ED) visits in the United States (1). In 2019, approximately 22% of adults aged 18 and over had visited the ED in the past 12 months (2). This report presents ED visit rates by selected characteristics, including metropolitan statistical area (MSA), age, sex, race and ethnicity, and health insurance status. Data for this report are from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) Suggested citation: Cairns C, Ashman JJ, Kang K. Emergency department visit rates by selected characteristics: United States, 2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 401. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15620/cdc:102278. CS322572 db401-H.pdf
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    Key findings -- What were the ED visit rates overall and by MSA status, and did this vary during 2007–2018? -- What were the ED visit rates for each age group, and did these rates vary? -- What were the ED visit rates by sex and race and ethnicity, and did these rates vary? -- What were the ED visit rates for each primary expected source of payment, and did these rates vary? -- Summary -- Definitions -- Data source and methods -- About the authors -- References -- Suggested citation.
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