Table 1Characteristics of U.S. community hospitals, 1997, 2010, and 2011

Utilization, charges, and costs199720102011
Number of stays
 Total stays in millions34.739.038.6
 Stays per 10,000 population1,2721,2611,239
Total days of care in millions168.1181.7177.6
Mean length of stay, days4.84.74.6
Percentage of discharges in:
 Metropolitan hospitals848787
 Teaching hospitals474848
 Hospital ownership
  Non-Federal government hospitals141411
  Private not-for-profit hospitals737274
  Private for-profit hospitals131314
Charges and costs,* U.S. $
 Mean charges per stay15,10033,80035,400
 Mean costs per stay6,80010,30010,000
 Total aggregate costs, in billions237.2401.1387.3

Charges per stay, costs per stay, and aggregate costs are inflation-adjusted to 2011 dollars.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1997, 2010, and 2011.

From: Overview of Hospital Stays in the United States, 2011

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