Despite Rise in Patients, Emergency Rooms are Closing

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More Americans are seeking care in hospital emergency rooms. Yet, almost a third of urban and suburban emergency departments have closed over the past two decades.

The number of ERs in non-rural areas in the U.S. fell 27 percent between 1990 and 2009, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That’s an average of 89 closures per year.

Illinois has lost 23 non-psychiatric hospitals — and their emergency rooms — since 1990, with the most recent closure being that of Michael Reese Hospital in 2009, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.

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