Table 7.

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

Expected Payer
MedicaidPrivateUninsured
Number of discharges (% of total)24623150329
(40.0)(51.1)(5.3)
Length of stay, mean (SD)3.73.02.8
(18.8)(13.6)(10.8)
Charges, mean (SD)$6201$4576$4252
($57 682)($41 143)($32 714)
Admitted through emergency department,
43140465
  N(%)(17.5)(12.8)(19.9)
Bedsize of hospital
 Small,N (%)41044055
(16.7)(14.0)(16.7)
 Medium, N(%)73798387
(30.0)(31.2)(26.3)
 Large, N (%)13041722187
(53.0)(54.6)(56.8)
Ownership of hospital
 Private, not-for-profit, N (%)17132573213
(69.6)(81.7)(64.9)
 Private, for-profit,N (%)26226328
(10.6)(8.3)(8.5)
 Public, N (%)47730987
(19.4)(9.8)(26.4)
Urban hospital, N(%)20362769273
(82.7)(87.9)(83.3)
Teaching hospital, N (%)9931168124
(40.3)(37.1)(37.7)