Table 5.

Characteristics of Children and Adolescent Hospital Discharges Compared With Adults, 1996 (Number of Discharges in Thousands)

Adults
(Age 18+)
Children* and
Adolescents (Age 0–17)
Children and Adolescents
Less Than
1 Year
1–4
Years
5–9
Years
10–14
Years
15–17
Years
Number of discharges (%)28 7036161    4422539321345534
(82.3)(17.7)    (71.8)(8.7)(5.2)(5.6)(8.7)
Female, N(%)17 4433034    2121233138166376
(60.8)(49.3)    (48.0)(43.3)(42.9)(48.1)(70.5)
Length of stay, mean (SD)5.33.3    3.13.23.84.53.7
(16.7)(16.0)    (16.7)(11.6)(14.3)(15.9)(14.6)
Charges, mean (SD)$11 787$5284    $4319$6693$8131$9172$7533
(47 282)(48 826)    (49 778)(41 885)(51 242)(47 067)(45 473)
Admitted through emergency department,
11 830930    215238143152182
  N(%)(41.2)(15.1)    (4.9)(44.1)(44.4)(44.0)(34.1)
Expected payer
 Private, N(%)13 5603150    2324241158187240
(47.2)(51.1)    (52.5)(44.9)(49.2)(54.2)(44.9)
 Medicaid, N(%)49092462    1721249134124234
(17.1)(40.0)    (38.9)(46.3)(41.7)(35.8)(43.8)
 Uninsured, N(%)1386329    22629172036
(4.9)(5.3)    (5.1)(5.4)(5.4)(5.8)(6.8)
Bedsize of hospital
 Small, N(%)4352946    65791575982
(15.2)(15.4)    (14.9)(16.9)(17.6)(17.2)(15.3)
 Medium, N(%)91691859    13551518798168
(31.9)(30.2)    (30.6)(28.0)(27.2)(28.3)(31.4)
 Large, N(%)15 1113340    2397296177187282
(52.7)(54.2)    (54.2)(55.0)(55.0)(54.3)(52.9)
Ownership of hospital
 Private, not for profit, N(%)21 4124655    3400381231253390
(74.6)(75.6)    (76.9)(70.8)(71.8)(73.4)(73.0)
 Private, for profit, N(%)3356571    42949242346
(11.7)(9.3)    (9.7)(9.0)(7.4)(6.7)(8.6)
 Public, N(%)3864918    580108676896
(13.5)(14.9)    (13.1)(20.0)(20.7)(19.7)(17.9)
Urban hospital, N(%)23 9795271    3824444271291441
(83.5)(85.6)    (86.5)(82.4)(84.3)(84.2)(82.7)
Teaching hospital, N(%)95142381    1641224146156215
(33.2)(38.7)    (37.1)(41.5)(45.4)(45.2)(40.3)
Region
 Northeast, N(%)62411141    7951036875101
(21.7)(18.5)    (18.0)(19.0)(21.2)(21.7)(18.9)
 South, N(%)10 6362141    1455226133136191
(37.1)(34.7)    (32.9)(41.9)(41.5)(39.3)(35.7)
 Midwest, N(%)67931479    10731206881136
(23.7)(24.0)    (24.3)(22.3)(21.1)(23.6)(25.6)
 West, N(%)50331400    1099905253105
(17.5)(22.7)    (24.8)(16.8)(16.2)(15.5)(19.8)