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Study Finds Freestanding EDs Preferentially Locate In Areas With Higher Household Income

Findings from a new study, published in Health Affairs, show that areas with such freestanding Emergency Departments (ED) had significantly higher household incomes. This finding was driven by the location choices of independent freestanding emergency centers and not by those of hospital-affiliated satellite emergency centers.  The authors estimated logistic regressions to determine whether freestanding EDs in 2016 were more likely to be in areas of high demand or in those that could yield high profits. When they compared Public Use Microdata Areas that contained freestanding EDs and those that did not, they found that areas with such EDs had significantly higher household incomes.

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