U.S. Hospitals - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Hospitals - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about U.S. hospitals

Hospitals are one of the most important cornerstones of every modern health system. Despite this fact, the total number of hospitals in the United States has been constantly decreasing during the last decades. In 2012, most of U.S. hospitals were non-profit facilities, while the rest was divided in nearly equal parts into for-profit or state/local government hospitals. In the same year, all U.S. hospitals provided approximately 921 thousand beds.

The percentage of persons with a hospital stay has been slightly decreasing since 1997. As expected, older people aged 65 and over are the group with the highest percentage of hospitalizations in the United States. The average length of a stay in a community hospital also fell from 5.7 days in 1993 to 4.6 days in the last few years. In the meantime, the total number of hospital discharges increased from 34.3 million in 1993 to a record high of 39.9 million in 2009.

Hospital costs make up a large share of total health costs and have more than tripled since 1990. In 2011, almost one third of some 2.7 trillion U.S. dollars of total national health expenditures were attributed to hospital care costs. On the other hand, the economic impact of U.S. hospitals should not be underestimated. In 2010 for example, community hospitals contributed a total of almost 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars to the U.S. economy through direct and ripple effects. Over the last decade, employment in hospitals has increased steadily. Today, approximately 6.3 million people are employed at hospitals in the United States.

All in all, hospitals in the United States generate a total revenue of over 900 billion U.S. dollars. The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the top hospitals based on revenues. In 2013, this non-profit hospital reported a gross revenue of nearly 12 billion U.S. dollars, while the net patient revenue stood at 3.8 billion U.S. dollars. Other top grossing hospitals in the U.S. are, for example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Among hospital operators, the Hospital Corporation of America from Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the largest. HCA operates around 160 hospitals generating a total revenue of nearly 34 billion U.S. dollars.

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