Unnecessary and Preventable ED Visit Rates

New York Finger Lakes Region

A deeper look shows some additional patterns for both unnecessary and preventable ED visit rates. Beyond the racial/ethnic and geographic disparities seen in prior charts, there is also a clear socioeconomic-related disparity. And while people in urban and low socioeconomic areas generally have higher rates, the rates are even higher for African-Americans and Latinos in those areas. It is interesting to see that while Latinos have much higher rates than whites in the low socioeconomic status areas, the difference is much smaller in SES 3-5. The African-American disparity remains large across the socioeconomic spectrum.

Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

Unnecessary and Preventable ED Visit Rates chart

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