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April 3, 1926

HOSPITALS MAINTAINED BY NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

JAMA. 1926;86(14):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670400084012
Abstract

The hospital services maintained by the national government have been considerably increased since 1909, largely because of conditions resulting from the World War. Of all hospital beds, the proportion controlled by the national government has increased from 2.1 per cent in 1909 to 2.3 per cent in 1914, 3.1 per cent in 1918, 6.8 per cent in 1923 and 7.1 per cent in 1925. There are now 299 hospitals maintained by the national government with a total capacity of 57,091 beds, of which an average of 42,377, or 74.2 per cent, are constantly occupied. These figures cover the hospitals maintained by the United States Army, Navy and Public Health Service, the Veterans' Bureau, and several hospitals for government beneficiaries located in the District of Columbia and elsewhere.

For many years the state governments have had a comparatively large part in the provision of hospital facilities, particularly in maintaining large hospitals

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