Table 89Visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments, by selected characteristics: United States, selected years 1995–2004
[Data are based on reporting by a sample of office-based physicians and hospital outpatient and emergency departments]
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All places 1 Physician offices
Age, sex, and race 1995 2002 2003 2004 1995 2002 2003 2004
Number of visits in thousands
Under 18 years194,644238,571223,724220,605150,351188,933169,392171,459
18–44 years285,184337,681331,015314,993219,065263,672251,853241,305
45–64 years188,320308,627301,558307,736159,531267,249257,258264,103
 45–54 years104,891169,871164,431160,02388,266145,767138,634135,082
 55–64 years83,429138,756137,126147,71271,264121,482118,624129,020
65 years and over192,712272,919258,206262,734168,135244,451227,520233,991
 65–74 years102,605132,116120,655126,80290,544118,971106,424113,426
 75 years and over90,106140,802137,552135,93177,591125,479121,096120,565
Number of visits per 100 persons
Total, age adjusted2334410391383271342317315
Total, crude329409390384266341317316
Under 18 years275328307302213260232235
18–44 years264306301285203239229219
45–64 years364466442438309404377376
 45–54 years339427406388286367343327
 55–64 years401525494511343459428446
65 years and over612804753758534720664675
 65–74 years560733667696494660588623
 75 years and over683884850827588788748734
Sex and age
Male, age adjusted2290353338334232293273274
Male, crude277343329326220283264266
 Under 18 years273329317307209262241239
 18–44 years190214203187139161147136
 45–54 years275351335334229298280280
 55–64 years351448422457300393365398
 65–74 years508703632672445631558604
 75 years and over711850881860616762777771
Female, age adjusted2377465442431309388360355
Female, crude378472449439310396368363
 Under 18 years277327297296217258223230
 18–44 years336397397382265316309300
 45–54 years400500475439339433403373
 55–64 years446596561561382521486490
 65–74 years603757696717534684613638
 75 years and over666905830806571804730710
Race and age3
White, age adjusted2339421399389282359332327
White, crude338426404396281364337334
 Under 18 years295346330320237282260257
 18–44 years267317308289211256242228
 45–54 years334439409391286385352336
 55–64 years397534500514345476439456
 65–74 years557734653685496669582619
 75 years and over689880844832598790747743
Black or African American, age adjusted309427393420204301261298
Black or African American, crude281392365391178269236271
 Under 18 years193307248267100198131165
 18–44 years260316329336158191199213
 45–54 years387422445453281306315338
 55–64 years414563487596294421349455
 65–74 years553842761847429*687602703
 75 years and over534*1,019774833395*842608666
Hospital outpatient departments Hospital emergency departments
Age, sex, and race 1995 2002 2003 2004 1995 2002 2003 2004
Number of visits in thousands
Under 18 years17,63621,70725,41222,00326,65727,93228,92027,144
18–44 years24,29928,21632,71427,85341,82045,79246,44945,835
45–64 years14,81121,43623,30722,12713,97819,94320,99221,506
 45–54 years8,02912,05412,93711,7848,59512,05012,86113,156
 55–64 years6,7829,38210,37010,3425,3837,8928,1328,349
65 years and over10,48611,98013,14413,01114,09016,48817,54215,732
 65–74 years6,0046,3867,0777,1576,0576,7597,1536,219
 75 years and over4,4825,5956,0675,8548,0339,72810,3899,513
Number of visits per 100 persons
Total, age adjusted22629332937394039
Total, crude2629333037394038
Under 18 years2530353038384037
18–44 years2226302539424242
45–64 years2932343227303131
 45–54 years2630322928303232
 55–64 years3336373626302929
65 years and over3335383845495145
 65–74 years3335393933384034
 75 years and over3435383661616458
Sex and age
Male, age adjusted22124272437373936
Male, crude2123262436373836
 Under 18 years2528343040394138
 18–44 years1416191537373736
 45–54 years2025252326293031
 55–64 years2628293025282928
 65–74 years2934343434384134
 75 years and over3431383461586756
Female, age adjusted23135403537414241
Female, crude3135403537414241
 Under 18 years2531363035383836
 18–44 years3135413540464747
 45–54 years3236393429323333
 55–64 years3843454126323030
 65–74 years3636444432373934
 75 years and over3438373761636359
Race and age3
White, age adjusted22327302734363835
White, crude2327302734363735
 Under 18 years2328322835363835
 18–44 years2023272336383938
 45–54 years2327282625272928
 55–64 years2831333124272826
 65–74 years2930353532353632
 75 years and over3131353360596256
Black or African American, age adjusted4855615358717170
Black or African American, crude4553605058706969
 Under 18 years3946554253636160
 18–44 years3846544464797779
 45–54 years5557655051596565
 55–64 years7378868347655358
 65–74 years*7787838247687762
 75 years and over668564*81739210386

* Estimates are considered unreliable. Data preceded by an asterisk have a relative standard error of 20%–30%.


All places includes visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments.


Estimates are age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using six age groups: under 18 years, 18–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


Starting with 1999 data, the instruction for the race item on the Patient Record Form was changed so that more than one race could be recorded. In previous years only one race could be checked. Estimates for race in this table are for visits where only one race was recorded. Because of the small number of responses with more than one racial group checked, estimates for visits with multiple races checked are unreliable and are not presented.

NOTES: Rates for 1995–2000 were computed using 1990-based postcensal estimates of the civilian noninstitutionalized population as of July 1 adjusted for net underenumeration using the 1990 National Population Adjustment Matrix from the U.S. Census Bureau. Starting with 2001 data, rates were computed using 2000-based postcensal estimates of the civilian noninstitutionalized population as of July 1. The difference between rates for 2000 computed using 1990-based postcensal estimates and 2000 census counts is minimal. More information is available from: www​​/major/ahcd/census2000.htm. Starting with Health, United States, 2005, data for 2001 and later years for physician offices use a revised weighting scheme. See Appendix I, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Rates will be overestimated to the extent that visits by institutionalized persons are counted in the numerator (for example, hospital emergency department visits by nursing home residents) and institutionalized persons are omitted from the denominator. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2006
Health, United States, 2006: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
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Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2006 Nov.

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