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December 27, 1941

The Baker Memorial: A Study of the First Ten Years of a Unit for People of Moderate Means at the Massachusetts General Hospital

JAMA. 1941;117(26):2293. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520089045

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In 1930 the Baker Memorial Hospital introduced a plan for the hospitalization of middle class patients. The patient day rates were to be between $4.50 and $6.50 and the medical bill limited to approximately $150 for any patient. In the ten years that followed, bed capacity has increased from one hundred and fifty-nine to two hundred and forty-nine and the percentage of occupancy from 54 to 86. The death rate has been about mid-way between that of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Phillips House, with which institutions it is affiliated. Massachusetts General cares for charity patients and the Phillips House devotes itself to private patients. A questionnaire to discharged patients brought general expressions of satisfaction as to the treatment received with criticisms mainly confined to administrative details. The average patient payment during the ten year period for all inclusive hospital care was $119.09 and the average medical fee $66.06.

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