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 2010, 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 942 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 39.4 million in 2009.
make up a large share of total health costs and have almost tripled since 1990. In 2009, almost one third of some 2.5 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 more than two 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.