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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2007
Contact: CDC National Center for Health Statistics Office of Communication, 301-458-4800

CDC Issues New Patient Visit Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued a new report, “Ambulatory Medical Care Utilization Estimates for 2005,” which contains information on patient visits to emergency departments, outpatient centers and hospitals.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The emergency department visit rate for patients with no insurance was about twice that of those with private insurance.
  • Patient visits to physician offices were higher for individuals with private health insurance compared to uninsured persons.
  • More than 29 percent of all ambulatory care visits were for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and one in four were for preventive care, including check-ups, prenatal care, and post-surgical care.
  • There were 2.4 billion medications prescribed or administered at these visits.

The full report is available at


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