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Table 3 Primary reason for emergency department visit amongst emergency department frequent users (n = 96)

From: Emergency department use and barriers to wellness: a survey of emergency department frequent users

What was the primary reason for your emergency department visit today? n %
My regular doctor is closed right now 1 1%
My regular doctor told me to come to the emergency department 15 16%
The emergency department costs me less money than my usual source of care to resolve my health issue 0 0%
The emergency department takes less time than my usual source of care to resolve my health issue 1 1%
The wait time in the emergency department is shorter than the wait time at my usual source of care 0 0%
I prefer not to schedule an appointment 0 0%
The emergency department is more convenient than my usual source of care 4 4%
My problem can only be addressed in a hospital/emergency department (emergent issue) 59 61%
I had nowhere else to go 16 17%