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Table 2. Characteristics of U.S. Community Hospitals, 1997, 2003

Characteristics of U.S. Community Hospitals 1997 2003
Total discharges 34,680,000 38,221,000
Discharges per 100,000 population4,5 12,720 13,174
Total number of procedures 42,500,000 47,055,000
Average number of procedures per discharge 2.3 2.0
Percent of discharges with at least 1 procedure 61.1 61.2
Total (aggregate) charges6 $493 billiona $754 billion
Mean charges per stay $13,900 $17,300
Percent of discharges from:    
     Metropolitan hospitals 84.1 84.6
     Teaching hospitals 46.6 45.3
     Non-Federal government hospitals 13.8 13.6
     Private not-for-profit hospitals 74.6 74.3
     Private for-profit hospitals 11.5 12.1

aInformation presented for 1997 charges has been adjusted for inflation; figures are presented in 2003 dollars.

Source: HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

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