A new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in 2012, the visit rate for emergency departments in the United State was 42 visits per 100 persons. This data comes from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2012.
Other findings include: 20 percent of children and adults in the United States had one or more ED visit during the year, and 36 percent of all 131 million ED visits in 2012 were accounted for in the five most populous states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.
Nationally, adults aged 18-64 accounted for the majority of visits (63 percent), followed by children under the age of 18 (21 percent) and the elderly (16 percent). Admissions made to the same hospital as the ED visit happened at a rate of 11 percent nationally, with nearly half (5 percent) of the admissions coming from persons aged 65 and older.
In the brief, the ED visits were also broken down by hospital and payer characteristics.