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Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 May-Jun;25(3):783-91.

Construction activity in U.S. hospitals.

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  • 1Department of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.


Hospital construction activity is increasing, but little information exists on what types of hospital capacity are affected and what is motivating specific efforts. Our analysis of Round Five Community Tracking Study data revealed four general types of activity: new hospital construction or expansion of existing general hospital capacity; new or expanded capacity in specialty services; replacement of aged facilities; and expansion of capacity-constrained services. Some of these actions are responsive to community need, but others resemble a medical-arms-race response. Overall, current construction activity will provide more convenient access for some consumers but at high cost if excess capacity results.

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