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Emergency Department Visits
Lower Emergency Department (ED) Visit Rates for Hawai`i: High rates of use of an ED (rather than a lower-level care setting) may reflect real or perceived lack of options for treatment, lack of a primary care provider, inability to pay for services in another setting, or over-estimation of the seriousness of the illness. Between 1990 and 2010, Hawai'i's ED visits per 1,000 population increased 34 percent; the U.S. figure increased 18 percent. Hawai'i's utilization of the ED remains significantly below that of the United States.

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Source: American Hospital Association, Annual Survey