The ER: How To Tell If You Really Need To Go

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Going to the emergency room has become a trend in the United States.  More and more people are heading to emergency rooms rather than urgent cares or general physician visits.

Emergency room (ER) visits in 2003 rose to 114 million, up from 89.8 million in 1992, a 27 percent increase.  According to the CDC in 2003, about 13 percent of those 114 million emergency department visits were considered non-urgent.

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