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QuickStats: Percentage of Hospitalizations, by Expected Payment Source* and Hospital Locality† — National Hospital Discharge Survey, United States, 2009

The figure shows the percentage of hospitalizations, by expected payment source and hospital locality in the United States, during 2009, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey. In 2009, Medicare was expected to pay for 51% of U.S. hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties and 40% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties. In contrast, private insurance was the expected source of payment for 32% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties, compared with 24% of hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties.

* Expected payment source is the type of program or insurance that, on admission to the hospital, was expected to be the principal payer for the hospital stay.

Counties where hospitals are located were classified as metropolitan or nonmetropolitan using June 2003 U.S. Office of Management and Budget standards based on the 2000 Census.

§ 95% confidence interval.

In 2009, Medicare was expected to pay for 51% of U.S. hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties and 40% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties. Private insurance was the expected source of payment for 32% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties, compared with 24% of hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties.

Source: National Hospital Discharge Survey data (2009). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhds.htm.

Reported by: Margaret J. Hall, PhD, mhall@cdc.gov, 301-458-4252; Maria F. Owings, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of hospitalizations, by expected payment source and hospital locality in the United States, during 2009, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey. In 2009, Medicare was expected to pay for 51% of U.S. hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties and 40% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties. In contrast, private insurance was the expected source of payment for 32% of hospitalizations in metropolitan counties, compared with 24% of hospitalizations in nonmetropolitan counties.


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