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Title
Bed availability and hospital utilization: estimates of the "Roemer effect".
First Author
Ginsburg, Paul B
Date of Pub
1983 Fall
Pages
87-92
Volume
5
Issue
1
Other Authors
Koretz, Daniel M
Abstract
Roemer's Law, the notion that an increase in the number of hospital beds per capita increases hospital utilization rates, is an important underpinning of efforts to control hospital construction through health planning. Attempts to measure the magnitude of the effect have yielded results ranging from no effect to a one-to-one relationship. The present study, by restricting its inquiry to Medicare patients and using a unique data base, avoids many of the shortcomings of earlier studies. This study concludes that an increase of 10 percent in hospital bed per capita would increase hospital utilization by Medicare enrollees by about 4 percent.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Hospital Bed Capacity : Hospital Planning : Hospitals/utilization : Medicare/utilization : Statistics : United States
NTIS Number
PB84-125715