Frequent Users of the Emergency Department

Main Points

  • Most frequent users of the emergency department have serious medical problems that can only be treated in an emergency department.
  • Most frequent users of the emergency department have serious medical problems that can only be treated in an emergency department.
  • Most frequent users of the emergency department have a regular source of medical care and health insurance.
  • Emergency departments are the safety net for everyone, especially these most vulnerable patients.
  • Emergency physicians are committed to helping frequent users obtain access to ongoing care in their communities when appropriate and available.
  • Diverting frequent users of the emergency department to other sources of care is not likely to reduce costs significantly.
Frequent Users of the ER Fact Sheet

 

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