Demand for beds in U.S. hospitals is projected to increase 46% over the next 25 years, reflecting the aging baby boom generation, increasing life expectancy and rising fertility rates, according to a study by Solucient, Evanston, Ill. Acute-care admissions will increase 41%, or by 13 million admissions, during that period. As a result, hospitals will add an estimated 238,000 beds, Solucient said. Inpatient demand will grow fastest in Western and Southern states and more slowly in the Midwest and Northeast. Even in slower growth areas, however, the increase in demand for hospital services will outpace population growth, the study said. Read an executive summary or order the full paper here. -- Patrick Reilly
Inpatient demand to grow 46% over next 25 years
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