Table 6.

Characteristics of Children and Adolescent Hospital Discharges by Region, 1996 (Number of Discharges in Thousands)

Region
NortheastMidwestSouthWest
Number of discharges (%)1142 147921411400
(18.5) (24.0)(34.7)(22.7)
Discharge rate (per 1000)90.6 91.188.886.7
Length of stay, mean (SD)3.7 3.33.42.7
(17.4) (16.0)(16.6)(13.7)
Charges, mean (SD)$5263 $4583$5374$5925
(40 560) (40 149)(49 136)(61 565)
Admitted through emergency department,
203 201379147
  N (%)(17.8) (13.6)(17.7)(10.5)
Expected payer
 Private, N(%)678 8311026615
(59.4) (56.2)(47.9)(44.0)
 Medicaid,N (%)375 492907688
(32.9) (33.3)(42.4)(49.1)
 Uninsured,N (%)54 7314161
(4.7) (5.0)(6.6)(4.3)
Bedsize of hospital
 Small, N (%)161 254195336
(14.1) (17.2)(9.1)(24.0)
 Medium,N (%)377 470534477
(33.0) (31.8)(25.0)(34.1)
 Large,N (%)604 7551394587
(52.9) (51.1)(65.1)(41.9)
Ownership of hospital
 Private, not-for-profit, N(%)1104 13021277973
(96.8) (88.0)(59.6)(69.5)
 Private, for-profit, N(%)31357183
(.4) (2.1)(16.7)(13.1)
 Public, N(%)37 146491244
(3.2) (9.9)(22.9)(17.4)
Urban hospital,N (%)1052 121417421263
(92.2) (82.1)(81.4)(90.2)
Teaching hospital,N (%)732 583589476
(64.2) (39.4)(27.5)(34.0)
  • * Includes newborns.

    — indicates less than 1000 discharges.