BU 378 Life and Health Insurance – Financial Economics of Health Insurance: – How do Kansas Community Hospitals Bed Size Compare Regionally and to the US?
Based on statistics published in the 2020 Edition of the American Hospital Association Hospital Statistics, eighty-four percent of the community hospitals in Kansas have fewer than 100 staffed beds. Comparably, the midwest* region (76 percent) and the nation (56 percent) have a smaller proportion of hospitals within this category.
A majority of hospitals in Kansas and the midwest are located in rural areas, 68 percent and 63 percent respectively. Meanwhile, 35 percent of the hospitals nationally are located in a rural setting.
The expense per capita is lower in Kansas $3,140, as compared to $3,626, in the West North Central Census Division VI* and $3,088 in the nation. Community hospitals include institutions that are nonfederal, short-term and general, as well as other specialty hospitals whose facilities are open to the public. Not included in the community hospital category are hospital units of institutions, long-term care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, federal hospitals, and alcoholism and chemical dependency facilities.
*West North Central Census Division VI statistics includes data
from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota
and South Dakota.
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