There were 125.7 million hospital visits in the US last year. That figure increased by around 9% in the previous twelve months. We wanted to find out a little more about the reasons for the rise. Experts say the health care system in this country needs drastic reforms. 7.3% of people who visit the hospital end up staying overnight. So, it’s a good job we currently have 902,000 beds available at any one time. However, it would seem we’ll need more during the next few years to deal with the unexpected increase in admissions. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons more people are visiting the hospital than ever before.
A significant number of people who turn up at hospitals in the US do so because of a physical injury. Many of them are related to workplaces and other public areas. The personal injury lawyer industry has a role to play here. As more people learn about their right to compensation, we can expect to see more admissions. Citizens realize that medical evidence is essential when fighting a case of that nature. So, they are more inclined to visit the emergency room and document their injuries. We also need to consider health and safety as a prime cause. More companies than ever before are placing their workers at excess risk.
Alcohol and drug abuse
There are millions of alcohol and drug addicts in this country. The number has increased every year for a long time. Hospitals now report they are dealing with more addiction cases than ever before. Lots of people build a physical dependence on alcohol. When they don’t get their daily intake, their bodies can begin to shut down. If that […]