"It is critical to know, for example, how many patients use the ED, how many are admitted to the hospital from the ED, and the top reasons that people seek emergency care," Angela Gardner, MD, ACEP's then president, said at the time.
Among other findings from the current survey, 42.5% of these patients who were not seriously sick enough to be admitted said they believed their problem was too serious for a doctor's office and 54.5% said that only a hospital could help. About 9% arrived by ambulance.
Of those who said they lacked access to any other provider, 48% said their doctor's office was not open, 45.8% said the emergency department was the closest provider. About 17.7% said that most of their care is delivered in an emergency department.
The CDC survey also found that: