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QuickStats: Health-Care Visits for Asthma, by Medical Setting and Health-Insurance Status --- United States, 2003

 

The type of medical setting in which persons receive health care for asthma differs for those with private health insurance and those without health insurance. Approximately 30% of medical visits for asthma by persons without health insurance occurred in emergency departments, compared with only 6% of visits by those with private insurance. Asthma is a condition considered to be sensitive to effective primary care and, if controlled, would result in fewer visits to the emergency department.

SOURCE: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 2003 public use files. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/ahcd/ahcd1.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 4/13/2006

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