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Outpatient Visits

Time Range: 2005-2010       Resolution: Zip Code

The rate of outpatient visits (all-ages and all-causes) per 100,000 persons measures the total number of out-patient hospitalizations in a location out of that lcoation's population.
Rationale
\This indicator serves as a proxy measure for access to and utilization of outpatient care for residents, particularly those with chronic medical conditions. Although the rate of outpatient visits is an imperfect indicator of access to care, major barriers to health care access (e.g., lack of health insurance) are usually reflected in lower rates of outpatient physician visits
Source
Connecticut Hospital Association, CHIME Hospital Discharge Data 2005-2010. http://www.cthosp.org/Member_Services/Data_Services/ChimeData.html. Population estimates come from using the Nielsen Claritas Pop-Facts Demographic Report for 2007.

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