Number of all hospitals in the U.S. from 1975 to 2015

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Number of hospitals

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This statistic shows the number of all hospitals in the United States from 1975 to 2015. In 1975, there were 7,156 hospitals in the United States.
Hospitals in the United States

Hospitals are healthcare institutions which provide treatment for patients and are one of the most important cornerstones of every modern healthcare system. In these facilities, specialized staff and equipment give the best possible care to patients. In the United States, most of the hospitals are non-profit facilities, while the rest are divided into for-profit or state/local government hospitals. Hospitals can be funded by several sources: the public sector, health organizations of all kinds, health insurance companies, charities, etc. Hospitals can often trace their roots back to religious orders or were founded by charitable individual sponsors.

The number of hospitals in the U.S. has shown a steady decline since 1975. Since 2000, the number fell from over 5,800 to less than 5,600 facilities. These hospitals included some 900,000 beds in 2015, a number that is significantly lower than the 1.5 million beds that were counted in 1975. In the United States, some 36.5 million hospital stays were reported in 2012.

It is a small wonder that hospital costs make up a large portion of total U.S. healthcare expenditure. Roughly one third of the total healthcare costs were attributed to U.S. hospital care. On the other hand, the economic impact of U.S. hospitals cannot be underestimated. The health sector is one of the largest employers in the United States with more than six million people employed at U.S. hospitals, making it an eminent industry.
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Release date
January 2017
United States
Survey time period
1975 to 2015
Supplementary notes
Data are based on reporting by a census of hospitals.
Values not included in the pdf version of "Health, United States" were taken from the associated trend tables.
Data from the AHA’s annual survey are based on questionnaires sent to all AHA-registered and nonregistered hospitals in the United States and its associated areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. U.S. government hospitals located outside the United States are excluded. Overall, the average response rate over the past 5 years has been approximately 83%. For nonreporting hospitals and for the survey questionnaires of reporting hospitals on which some information was missing, estimates are made for all data except those on beds, bassinets, facilities, and services.
* Added from same source: AHA Fast Facts on US Hospitals, January 2017 update.

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