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Emergency Departments Play Central Role in US Healthcare


According to a report,“The Evolving Role of Emergency Departments in the United States” Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) play a growing role in the U.S. healthcare system, accounting for a rising proportion of hospital admissions and serving increasingly as an advanced diagnostic center for primary care physicians. EDs are responsible for about half of all hospital admissions in the United States, accounting for nearly all of the growth in hospital admissions experienced between 2003 and 2009.

The researchers said the findings suggest that office-based physicians are directing to EDs some patients they previously would have admitted to the hospital themselves.  EDs increasingly support primary care providers by performing complex diagnostic workups that cannot be done in physician offices, and they supplement primary care providers by handling overflow, after-hours cases and weekend demand for medical care. The researchers found that most people who seek care in an ED do so because they perceive no viable alternative, not because it was convenient.

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