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Past · August 20, 2008

Who Uses California’s Emergency Departments and Why?

August 20, 2008 · 12:00 am


Date: August 20, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: CSAC Conference Center
1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA
Hospital emergency departments are a critical part of the state’s health care system, providing the only guaranteed health care for the uninsured and offering 24-hour health care access to everyone. In 2006, more than ten million visits were made to California hospital emergency departments. To assess the stability of this system, a new study of California’s emergency departments describes trends in their capacity and use, and creates detailed profiles of emergency department visits. Heavy use of emergency departments, especially by patients seeking treatment for nonurgent conditions, and hospital and emergency department closures, have contributed to overcrowded conditions that increasingly concern policymakers and the public.
Lunch will be provided. This study was supported with funding from the California Program on Access to Care.

Research Associate Shannon McConville is an expert in health policy and population demographics.


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