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CDC: Emergency room visits surged in 2009
Los Angeles Times

New estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that emergency room visits rose nearly 10% to 136 million in 2009. The preliminary data were released Tuesday at the meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in San Francisco. A statement from the organization linked the rise in emergency room visits to physicians’ fear of lawsuits, citing two studies also presented Tuesday at the meeting.

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