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September 17, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(12):1105-1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790380047016


In determining whether and where there is need of additional hospital facilities, it is obviously necessary first to ascertain the extent to which existing facilities are being utilized. In the accompanying table the states are arranged in the order of the number of their general hospital beds per thousand of population. Mississippi, having the least hospital facilities, has 1.4 beds per thousand. At the other end of the scale, the District of Columbia has 8.6 beds per thousand, many of which, however, serve not the inhabitants of the district only but federal employees throughout the country.

Dividing the states into groups having hospital facilities in the ratio of 1:2, 2:3, 3:4, and so on beds per thousand, the utilization of these facilities in each group steadily rises as the number of hospital beds increases. Six states with from 1 to 2 beds per thousand show