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The annual report of the United Hospital Fund for 1939 contains, as usual, much information concerning the character and extent of hospital service in the New York metropolitan area. Most illuminating, however, are the statistics which indicate the amount of hospital care provided by public and private agencies respectively. Of all persons hospitalized, the voluntary hospitals cared for 62 per cent and the municipal institutions for less than 38 per cent. On the other hand, voluntary hospitals were filled to 74 per cent of their capacity while municipal institutions were vastly overcrowded as indicated by an occupancy of 99 per cent. In New York the private hospitals are reimbursed by the city to some extent for the care of indigent patients but it would seem that there is still room for improvement in the direction of a more even distribution of the load.
United Hospital Fund of New York: Sixtieth Year Book 1939. JAMA. 1940;114(15):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150074038