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Visits to emergency rooms rise as insurance lost
San Francisco Chronicle

New hospital data show an increase in emergency room visits, a jump physicians attribute to both a swelling of demand for services and improvements that allow emergency departments to treat patients faster.

Visits to emergency departments rose by almost 10 percent in 2009, the largest increase since the government started tracking the figures in the early ’90s, according to preliminary estimates being released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.