EDs need to meet the challenge of the elderly

A disproportionate number of patients aged 80 and over are presenting at emergency departments, an 11-year analysis shows.

Even taking into account Australia’s ageing population the rate of ED presentations and in-patient admissions for elderly patients is still disproportionately high.

The findings are particularly pertinent given the expected influx of patients to EDs should  the government’s proposed GP co-payment get through parliament.

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