Garfield had it right. Mondays are the worst. 

[spacer height=”20px”]

Want proof? Well, in 2004 the CDC published a survey measuring health care utilization among US Emergency Departments over a 10 year period.

The results? ED visits peaked on Monday and then decline throughout the week, and Medicare patients were more likely to visit the ED on a Monday than any other day.

Want more depressing data? There was an average of 39 visits per 100 persons, and for patients over 75 years of age – there was an average of 61 visits per 100 persons. (Good luck if you’re in Geri today!)

If you have free time (which you wont) check out the full survey here. There are all sorts of fascinating statistics to justify your grumpy attitude! Additional data on ED overusage can be found here, courtesy of your friends at the CDC.

[spacer height=”20px”]


McCaig, Linda F., and Eric W. Nawar. National hospital ambulatory medical care survey: 2004 emergency department summary. No. 372. US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 2006.