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Hospitalization in the United States, 1997

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HCUP Fact Book No. 1

To help fulfill its mission of providing information on the U.S. health care system, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) develops and sponsors databases that include the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Through HCUP, AHRQ has taken a lead in developing databases, software tools, and statistical reports to inform policymakers, health system leaders, and researchers at the Federal, regional, and State levels.

With this Fact Book, AHRQ launches a new strategy to provide timely data about hospital care in the United States in an easy-to-use, readily accessible format. This first Fact Book gives an overview of hospital care, asking questions such as: What types of conditions are treated? What are the most expensive conditions treated in hospitals? What are the outcomes? Who is billed?

To print the entire Fact Book, download PDF File (367 KB). PDF Help.

By Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D.; Kelly Yu, B.S.; Claudia Steiner, M.D., M.P.H.; Arlene S. Bierman, M.D., M.S.


Executive Summary
     Age and Gender
     Hospital Admissions
     Reasons for Hospitalization
     Most Expensive and Longest Stays
     Insurance and Hospital Stays
     In-Hospital Mortality
Source of Data for This Report
For More Information

AHRQ Publication No. 00-0031
Current as of May 2000


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