WINFORD H. SMITH, M.D.
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In the aggregate, the operation of the hospitals of the United States falls in the class of Big Business. With less than one thousand hospitals fifty years ago, we now have 7,000 hospitals in the United States. The value** of the hospital plants is about three billion dollars. The annual cost of maintenance is about 900 million dollars. The amount spent for new construction each year is 200 million dollars. The hospitals provide over 900,000 beds, in which every day there are over 700,000 patients. There are over 650,000 persons*** employed in operating hospitals, not including doctors and nurses. These
SMITH WH. The Hospital Its Relation to the Community and to the Medical Profession1. Ann Intern Med. ;5:212–223. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-2-212
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(2):212-223.
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