CDC: Publicly Insured Young Adults Visit ER More Than Uninsured
By: Sabrina Rodak
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
Publication: May 2012
People aged 19 to 25 with public insurance were more likely than their uninsured counterparts to have had an emergency room visit in the past 12 months, according to a report (pdf) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The NCHS report, “Health Care Access and Utilization Among Young Adults Aged 19–25: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–September 2011,” provided estimates of young adults’ healthcare utilization.
Some of the key findings for patients aged 19 to 25 include:
• Of people with public coverage, 35.9 percent had an ER visit in the past 12 months compared with 25.1 percent of uninsured people and 18.3 percent of people with private insurance.
• Women (27.4 percent) were more likely to have had an ER visit in the past 12 months than men (19 percent).
• Twenty-nine percent of poor respondents visited the ER in the past 12 months compared with 19.9 percent of people who were not poor. Poor people were defined as having an income less than the poverty threshold set by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Not poor” people were defined as having an income 200 percent or more of the poverty threshold.