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Many ER visits avoidable in O.C.
Orange County Register

The county’s Health Care Agency says that nearly half of all hospital emergency room visits were unnecessary, according to a study released Wednesday. The figure was even higher for babies, with nearly 70 percent of visits that could have been treated elsewhere. The agency analyzed 753,617 trips to the county’s 26 hospital emergency departments in 2007, the most recent year data is available. Among those, 44.6 percent were classified as avoidable.