Table 1Characteristics of hospital stays for patients residing in the poorest communities compared to patients from other communities, 2006*

Poorest communitiesAll other communitiesAll discharges
Total number of discharges11,079,40027,386,00039,450,200
Rate of hospitalization per 10,000 population*1,4961,2231,324
Utilization characteristics
Mean length of stay, days4.74.54.6
Mean hospital costs$7,800$8,500$8,400
Aggregate national costs, billions$86.4 billion$233.2 billion$329.2 billion
Percentage admitted from the ED46.0%42.6%43.8%
Percentage left against medical advice1.3%0.8%1.0%
Percentage died in the hospital2.1%2.0%2.0%
*

About 2.5 percent of median community-level income data were missing on HCUP NIS records. Denominator data for rates were based on Claritas Population Estimates, 2006.

Note: “Poorest communities” included hospital stays with a median household income of the patient’s ZIP Code of residence of less than $38,000. “All other communities” included stays with a median household income of the patient’s ZIP Code of residence of greater than or equal to $38,000.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006.

From: Hospital Stays among People Living in the Poorest Communities, 2006

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