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Hosp Top. 1995 Winter;73(1):10-22.

How do Canadian hospitals do it? A comparison of utilization and costs in the United States and Canada.

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  • Bedford Health Associates, Inc., Asheville, NC, USA.


In 1990 Canadian hospitals provided more services at less cost than did acute care facilities in the United States. Canadians spent $2,720 less per discharge for 48 percent longer stays. If U.S. acute care facilities had achieved an average discharge cost comparable to that in Canada, the annual savings among hospitals in the United States would have totalled $84.3 billion. In a comparative study of volumes and costs in medium-size and teaching hospitals, it was found that U.S. hospitals had greater costs for delivering services than Canadian acute care facilities did in almost every department.

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