As many as 20% of patients at California’s emergency departments leave without being seen, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, HealthDay reports. For the study, researchers analyzed information from a database run by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The database contained information on 9.2 million ED visits that occurred at 262 nonfederal hospitals in California during 2007.
We’ve focused on regulations to ensure timely access to care as a way to reduce the burden on emergency rooms–getting people care before they need to show up at an ER. But it’s especially troubling when patients can’t get timely access at an ER, and for whatever reason simply can’t get seen.