Health Ministry report finds emergency rooms beds and cases on the decline

The most common reasons for going to hospital emergency rooms in 2013 was not heart attacks, but rather physical trauma, infections, pregnancy and delivery, and respiratory and digestive problems.

Some 2.8 million emergency room visits were made during that year, including 300,000 by women at the final stages of pregnancy, according to a nearly 100-page report on emergency room statistics the Health Ministry produced for publication on Thursday. The report covered the activity of emergency rooms in 28 public medical centers around the country (not including hospitals in eastern Jerusalem).

The most common age of patients was babies before their first birthday, between 18 and 34 and over the age of 65.


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