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ER often first choice for non-emergency care
Modern Healthcare

About 28% of visits to treat acute-care problems such as stomach or chest pains, fever, cough, or a flare-up of a chronic condition occur in hospital emergency departments, according to a study published in the September edition of the journal Health Affairs. Meanwhile, according to the study, fewer than half—about 42%—of visits for acute care are made to a primary-care physician.