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 2015, 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 898 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 seven days in 1993 to 5.5 days in 2014. In the meantime, the total number of hospital admissions increased from 33.2 million in 1993 to a record high of 37.5 million in 2008, but dropped to 34.9 million in 2014.

Hospital costs make up a large share of total health costs and have almost quadrupled since 1990. In 2014, almost one third of over three 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 2014 for example, community hospitals contributed a total of 2.66 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 6.7 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 gross revenue and net patient revenue. 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 167 hospitals generating a total revenue of over 40 billion U.S. dollars.

From the consumer's point of view, U.S. hospitals have a positive image. According to a recent survey, 90 percent of Americans who had hospital treatment within the preceding five years were satisfied. Almost 50 percent were even very satisfied. Furthermore, 70 percent of Americans think the quality of hospital care in the United States is better than in other developed countries.

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Facts on U.S. hospitals
Hospitals - OverviewValuesStatistic
Number of all hospitals in the U.S. in 20155,564 Details →
Number of all hospital beds in the U.S. in 2014909.2k Details →
Occupancy rate of nonfederal hospitals in the U.S. in 201464.6% Details →
Percentage of persons with one or more hospital stays in 20146.4% Details →
Number of federal hospitals int he U.S. in 2015212 Details →
Number of beds at federal hospitals in the U.S. in 201438.9k Details →
Percentage of uninsured persons with one or more hospital stays in 20143.5% Details →
Average number of days each patient stays in a U.S. hospital in 20145.5 Details →
Staffing ratio of U.S. resident physicians in MHS hospitals in 2014 0.38 Details →
Average length of stay for a Medicare asthma inpatient hospital treatment4.2 days Details →
Hospital beds per 10,000 population in Europe53 Details →
Hospital beds per 1,000 population in the U.S.2.89 Details →
Hospital CostsValuesStatistic
Hospital care expenditure in the U.S. in 2014971.8bn USD Details →
Total aggregate expenses at U.S. community hospitals in 2014808.9bn USD Details →
Average charge per stay at U.S. community hospitals in 201435,400 USD Details →
Economic ImpactValuesStatistic
Gross output of U.S. hospitals802,401m USD Details →
Gross revenue of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian11.87bn USD Details →
Net patient revenue of Cleveland Clinic Hospital (Cleveland, OH) in 20144,190m USD Details →
Number of beds in New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYC) in 20172,428 Details →
Revenue of Hospital Corporation of America (Nashville, Tenn.)33bn USD Details →

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