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Emergency visits for UTI account for billions in unnecessary health care costs
Emergency visits for UTI account for billions in unnecessary health care costs

(May 8, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Detroit - Urinary tract infections account for billions of unnecessary health care costs, according to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. Researchers reviewed data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, a database representing 20% of emergency departments in the US. Over the four year study period, there were nearly 11 million patients seen in emergency departments for urinary tract infections. 84% of these patients were treated and released. The mean charge of these visits was around $2,000--or $1,800 higher than the average cost of treating UTI in an outpatient setting.

 
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