Number of all hospitals in the U.S. 1975-2019

This statistic shows the number of all hospitals in the United States from 1975 to 2019. In 1975, there were 7,156 hospitals in the United States, whereas in 2019, there were 6,090 hospitals.

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. These hospitals included some 919,559 beds in 2019, a number that is significantly lower than the 1.5 million beds that were counted in 1975. In the United States, some 36.2 million hospital admissions were reported in 2019.

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.

Number of all hospitals in the U.S. from 1975 to 2019

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Source

Release date

January 2021

Region

United States

Survey time period

1975 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data are based on reporting by a census of hospitals. 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.

Starting with the 2019 edition of AHA Hospital Statistics, the AHA no longer employs its own methodology to classify hospitals as registered. As a result of this change, the number of hospitals in this edition of Hospital Statistics increased by approximately 700, with 400 of those being community hospitals.

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