Healthcare Facts, by the numbers



Written By: Patrick Frank

NUMBER OF PATIENT VISITS TO A HOSPITAL A YEAR
There Are 5,686 Hospitals In The U.S., According To The American Hospital Association. Of These, 2,904 Hospitals Are Nonprofit And 1,060 Are For-Profit. Additionally, 1,010 Are Owned By State Or Local (County, Hospital District) Government Entities.
There Was An Average Of 104 Inpatient Hospitals Admissions Per 1,000 People In 2014, Down From An Average Of 111.8 Days In 2011. This Data Suggests On Ongoing Shift From Inpatient To Outpatient Care, Which Has Been Driven Largely By Advances In Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques As Well As Advanced Anesthesia Techniques That Allow Patients To Recover More Quickly From Surgical Procedures. 18. In 2012, The Latest Year For Which Data Is Available, The Average Length Of Stay For An Acute Care Hospital Admission Was 4.5 Days.


There Was An Average Of 2,145 Outpatient Visits Per 1,000 People In 2013, Up From An Average Of 2,105.6 Days In 2011, Further Supporting The Trend Of Inpatient Surgeries Moving To The Outpatient Setting. Emergency Departments Are Critical Units Within Hospitals As They Account For The Majority Of Inpatient Admissions.

The Average Cost Per Inpatient Day In 2014 Was $2,346 For Nonprofit Hospitals And $1,798 For For-Profit Hospitals. At Nonprofit Hospitals, The Average Cost Per Inpatient Day Was Highest In California ($3,533) And Lowest In South Dakota ($1,321). Among For-Profit Hospitals, The Average Cost Per Inpatient Day Was Highest In New Jersey ($4,656) And Lowest In South Dakota ($434).
In 2011, The Latest Year For Which Data Is Available, There Were 44.5 ED Visits Per 100 Persons In The U.S., According To The CDC. This Translates To Roughly 136.3 Million Visits Total That Year. Of That Total, Approximately 40.2 Million ED Visits Were Injury-Related.


The Percentage Of Emergency Department Visits Resulting In Hospital Admission Was 11.9 Percent, And The Percentage Of Emergency Department Visits Resulting In A Transfer To A Different Hospital Was 2.1 Percent.
NUMBER OF DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS SCHEDULED A YEAR Number of visits: 884.7 millionNumber of visits per 100 persons: 282.0Percent of visits made to primary care physicians: 52.2%Most frequent principal illness-related reason for visit: medicationMost commonly diagnosed condition: essential hypertensionSource: Https://Www.Cdc.Gov/Nchs/Fastats/Physician-Visits.Htm  WHAT IS THE AVERAGE CONSUMER SPEND ON HEALTHCARE A YEAR? According To The Most Recent Data Available From The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS), "The Average American Spent $9,596 On Healthcare" In 2012, Which Was "Up Significantly From $7,700 In 2007."
It Was Also More Than Twice The Per Capita Average Of Other Developed Nations, But Still, In 2015, Experts Predicted Continued Sharp Increases: "Health Care Spending Per Person Is Expected To Surpass $10,000 In 2016 And Then March Steadily Higher To $14,944 In 2023."
Indeed, Average Annual Costs Per Person Hit $10,345 In 2016. In 1960, The Average Cost Per Person Was Only $146 — And, Adjusting For Inflation, That Means Costs Are Nine Times Higher Now Than They Were Then.

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