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Table 1Hospitalizations for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases compared to hospitalizations for all conditions, 2004*

Hospital stays for GI diseases*All hospital stays
Number of hospital stays (percentage of all hospital stays)2,533,400 (6.6%)38,661,800 (100%)
Mean length of stay, days4.94.6
Mean hospital cost$8,200$7,700
Aggregate costs (percentage of total national cost)$20.1 billion (7.0%)$287.0 billion (100%)
Percentage admitted through the emergency department63.9%43.1%
Percentage died in hospital1.9%2.1%

Based on principal diagnosis.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2004.

Based on principal diagnosis.

From: Hospital Stays for Gastrointestinal Diseases, 2004

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