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Hospitals Eliminate 1 in 4 U.S. Emergency Rooms in Past 20 Years
San Francisco Chronicle

More than one in four U.S. emergency departments were closed in the past two decades, forcing the nation’s poor and elderly to seek care in fewer, more crowded facilities, researchers found.

The number of emergency rooms in metropolitan and suburban areas fell 27 percent to 1,779 in 2009 from 2,446 in 1990, according to research today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. During the study, 374 emergency departments were opened.