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Find Brief. 2010 Nov;13(6):1-3.

Changes in emergency department access between 2001 and 2005 among general and vulnerable populations.

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Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization (HCFO), USA. christina.zimmerman@academyhealth.org

Abstract

KEY FINDINGS:

(1) 11.4 million people faced some degree of deterioration in geographic access to emergency care between 2001 and 2005. (2) Residents in rural communities have poorer access to emergency depart­ments at baseline and experienced a greater decline in emergency depart­ment access than those living in urban communities between 2001 and 2005. (3) Deteriorating access to emergency departments is more likely to occur in communities with economic hard­ship and high shares of Hispanic populations, as well as in rural areas that are part of a designated health professional shortage area.

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