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June 11, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(24):2060-2062. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320500007008a

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The greatest economic problem before the hospitals of the United States today is the adequate utilization of the hospital facilities and personnel. To study this problem a special committee of the American Hospital Association was appointed by its president, Mr. Paul H. Fesler. The following facts, among others, were gathered for the purposes of the committee. These data are based solely on material accumulated by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association.

THE TRENDS IN HOSPITAL OCCUPANCY  In table 1 there are compared the total beds and the percentage of occupancy in hospitals registered by the American Medical Association, according to type of control, for five successive years, from 1927 to 1931. This table shows that the percentage of occupancy has remained almost constant for this entire period for both government and nongovernment hospitals, nearly 90 per cent for the former and something more than

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