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May 9, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020056007

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The annual hospital report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, published in this issue of The Journal, again shows an increase in the volume of hospital service in the United States. Included in the present report are 6,665 hospitals registered by the American Medical Association, of which 2,078 are designated as governmental and 4,587 as nongovernmental. These institutions admitted 18,914,847 patients in 1952, a total that represents not only an increase of 677,729 in the last 12 months but also a greater number of admissions than has been reported in previous years. Gains were observed in both the governmental and the nongovernmental divisions but were more pronounced in the latter group, which had a net increase of 573,423 as compared with 104,306 in the governmental hospitals. It should also be noted that the nongovernmental hospitals received 13,944,126, or 73.7%, of all patients admitted whereas the governmental units reported

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