Table 92Visits to physician offices, hospital outpatient departments, and hospital emergency departments, by selected characteristics: United States, selected years 1995–2005
[Data are based on reporting by a sample of office-based physicians, hospital outpatient departments, and hospital emergency departments]
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All places 1 Physician offices
Age, sex, and race 1995 2000 2003 2005 1995 2000 2003 2005
Number of visits in thousands
Under 18 years194,644212,165223,724238,389150,351163,459169,392185,186
18–44 years285,184315,774331,015324,108219,065243,011251,853247,568
45–64 years188,320255,894301,558328,564159,531216,783257,258283,180
 45–54 years104,891142,233164,431170,67488,266119,474138,634145,034
 55–64 years83,429113,661137,126157,89071,26497,309118,624138,146
65 years and over192,712231,014258,206278,272168,135200,289227,520247,683
 65–74 years102,605116,505120,655133,33490,544102,447106,424119,061
 75 years and over90,106114,510137,552144,93877,59197,842121,096128,623
Number of visits per 100 persons
Total, age-adjusted2334374391400271304317329
Total, crude329370390402266300317331
Under 18 years275293307325213226232253
18–44 years264291301294203224229224
45–64 years364422442454309358377391
 45–54 years339385406405286323343344
 55–64 years401481494523343412428458
65 years and over612706753792534612664705
 65–74 years560656667725494577588647
 75 years and over683766850865588654748768
Sex and age
Male, age-adjusted2290325338352232261273289
Male, crude277314329345220251264283
 Under 18 years273302317338209231241265
 18–44 years190203203212139148147158
 45–54 years275316335331229260280278
 55–64 years351428422468300367365411
 65–74 years508614632691445539558619
 75 years and over711771881833616670777741
Female, age-adjusted2377420442445309345360367
Female, crude378424449456310348368377
 Under 18 years277285297311217221223240
 18–44 years336377397375265298309290
 45–54 years400451475476339384403408
 55–64 years446529561574382453486501
 65–74 years603692696754534609613671
 75 years and over666763830886571645730785
Race and age3
White, age-adjusted2339380399413282315332347
White, crude338381404420281316337355
 Under 18 years295306330348237243260280
 18–44 years267301308306211239242242
 45–54 years334386409416286330352362
 55–64 years397480500534345416439476
 65–74 years557641653727496568582656
 75 years and over689764844854598658747763
Black or African American, age-adjusted309353393398204239261270
Black or African American, crude281324365369178214236243
 Under 18 years193264248278100167131162
 18–44 years260257329295158149199172
 45–54 years387383445422281269315297
 55–64 years414495487515294373349374
 65–74 years553656761745429512602589
 75 years and over534745774982395568608806
Hospital outpatient departments Hospital emergency departments
Age, sex, and race 1995 2000 2003 2005 1995 2000 2003 2005
Number of visits in thousands
Under 18 years17,63621,07625,41224,28826,65727,63028,92028,915
18–44 years24,29926,94732,71429,04441,82045,81646,44947,496
45–64 years14,81120,77223,30723,20213,97818,33920,99222,182
 45–54 years8,02911,55812,93712,5468,59511,20112,86113,094
 55–64 years6,7829,21410,37010,6565,3837,1388,1329,088
65 years and over10,48614,49413,14413,85914,09016,23217,54216,730
 65–74 years6,0047,5157,0777,5176,0576,5437,1536,756
 75 years and over4,4826,9796,0676,3418,0339,69010,3899,974
Number of visits per 100 persons
Total, age-adjusted22631333137404040
Total, crude2630333137394040
Under 18 years2529353338384039
18–44 years2225302639424243
45–64 years2934343227303131
 45–54 years2631323028303231
 55–64 years3339373526302930
65 years and over3344383945505148
 65–74 years3342394133374037
 75 years and over3447383861656460
Sex and age
Male, age-adjusted22126272537383938
Male, crude2125262536383837
 Under 18 years2529343340414141
 18–44 years1417191637383738
 45–54 years2026252426303029
 55–64 years2632292925302928
 65–74 years2938343434364139
 75 years and over3442383261596760
Female, age-adjusted23135403737414242
Female, crude3135403737414242
 Under 18 years2529363335353838
 18–44 years3133413740464748
 45–54 years3236393629313333
 55–64 years3845454126313032
 65–74 years3646444732373935
 75 years and over3449374261696359
Race and age3
White, age-adjusted22328302834373837
White, crude2328302834373737
 Under 18 years2327323135363837
 18–44 years2023272436393940
 45–54 years2328282625282928
 55–64 years2836333124282827
 65–74 years2938353632353635
 75 years and over3144353560636256
Black or African American, age-adjusted4851615858627170
Black or African American, crude4548605758626969
 Under 18 years394055*5453576163
 18–44 years3840544664687777
 45–54 years5561656351536562
 55–64 years737086*8447525358
 65–74 years*778583*9447597762
 75 years and over668564*78739210398

* 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. 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 (the civilian noninstitutionalized population). Starting with Health, United States, 2005, data for physician offices for 2001 and beyond use a revised weighting scheme. See Appendix I, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). 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, 2007
Health, United States, 2007: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
National Center for Health Statistics (US) .
Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2007 Nov.

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