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June 11, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(24):2013. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790240037016

DISTRIBUTION OF HOSPITAL SERVICE  In the United States there are only five counties with a population density of five per square mile within thirty miles of which there is no registered general hospital. As vast programs of hospital construction are being advocated,1 certain facts regarding the present distribution of hospital facilities should be kept in mind. In 1937 there were 6,128 hospitals registered by the American Medical Association with a capacity of more than a million beds and fifty-five thousand bassinets, to which well over nine million patients were admitted during the year.2 True there are 941 counties without a registered hospital, but of these, 560, or 60 per cent, lie wholly within a thirty mile radius of hospitals in adjoining territory. There remain 368 counties parts of which are within thirty miles of existing hospital facilities and, in the whole country, but thirteen counties no part of

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