More coverage: Medical costs rising as Americans rush to get insured.
The medical insurance market may not be the healthiest place to be in, but it may be the best place to stay when you do need medical care.
Read more about health care costs:Medical costs risingIn a recent article, The Wall St Journal, The Associated Press, and Bloomberg Businessweek explored the growing trend of Americans going to the emergency room more frequently for care.
The trend is being driven by the rise in emergency department visits.
The report found that between 2009 and 2017, the average annual rate of emergency department visit for a single person was 6.7 visits per 100,000 people.
That rose to 8.3 visits per 200,000 by 2020, the AP reported.
The trend in emergency hospitalizations grew from 3.5 per 100 million people in 2009 to 6.9 per 100 millions in 2017.
The number of emergency room visits jumped in the decade after the recession, with an increase of 18% from 2009 to 2020.
In the last five years, that increase has decreased by about 10%.
The number and severity of emergency visits rose by about 4% between 2014 and 2016, the report said.
But the rise of emergency departments and the increasing number of Americans who go to the ER has increased the demand for insurance, especially in emergency rooms.
For the first time, emergency department usage jumped from 3,500 visits in 2014 to 5,300 in 2017, and emergency room usage doubled from 10% in 2014 and reached 18% in 2017 to 22% in 2020.
In emergency rooms, the rate of people needing emergency care rose from 18% of patients in 2009, to 30% in 2018 and to 42% in 2019.
The number of people requiring emergency care is expected to continue rising, with the increase expected to be more than double the national rate of increase, according to the report.
The study, which surveyed nearly 2,000 emergency room patients, found that those who go in for emergency care are more likely to be women, older, white, and with higher incomes.
Those who go for care in the ER are also more likely than those in hospitals to be white, be younger, and have lower incomes.