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QuickStats: Percentage of Emergency Department Visits by Persons Aged ≤18 Years, by Primary Expected Source of Payment — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2001–2002 to 2009–2010

The figure shows the percentage of emergency department visits by persons aged ≤18 years, by primary expected source of payment in the United States during 2001-2002 and during 2009-2010. During 2009-2010, Medicaid or CHIP was the primary expected payment source for 50% of visits to an emergency department by persons aged ≤18 years, up from 34% during 2001-2002. During the same period, the percentage of visits with private insurance as the primary payment source decreased from 45% to 34%, and the percentage of visits with no insurance payment decreased from 11% to 8%.

Abbreviation: CHIP = Children's Health Insurance Program.

During 2009–2010, Medicaid or CHIP was the primary expected payment source for 50% of visits to an emergency department by persons aged ≤18 years, up from 34% during 2001–2002. During the same period, the percentage of visits with private insurance as the primary payment source decreased from 45% to 34%, and the percentage of visits with no insurance payment decreased from 11% to 8%.

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 2001–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd.htm.

Reported by: Michael Albert, MD, wmy1@cdc.gov, 301-458-4223; Linda F. McCaig, MPH.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of emergency department visits by persons aged ≤18 years, by primary expected source of payment in the United States during 2001-2002 and during 2009-2010. During 2009-2010, Medicaid or CHIP was the primary expected payment source for 50% of visits to an emergency department by persons aged ≤18 years, up from 34% during 2001-2002. During the same period, the percentage of visits with private insurance as the primary payment source decreased from 45% to 34%, and the percentage of visits with no insurance payment decreased from 11% to 8%.


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