Hospital discharges fell to 1,124 per 10,000 population in 2007 from 1,153.1 in 2006, according to age-adjusted data in the latest report on the nation's health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health, United States, 2010.
Hospital discharges fell in 2007: CDC
The age-adjusted hospital stay rose slightly to 4.8 days in 2007 from 4.7 days in 2006, the CDC report states.
Visits to hospital outpatient departments climbed to 36 per 100 people in 2008, up from 30 per 100 in 2007. Visits to emergency departments climbed to 42 per 100 people in 2008 from 40 in 2007.
Meanwhile, 15.1% of nonelderly adults said they delayed or did not receive needed medical care over a 12-month period in 2009 because of cost, an increase from 13.6% of respondents in 2008.
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