Inpatient services in New York City hospitals are on the upswing after more than eight years of decline, driven by population growth, technological advances and better diagnostic techniques, according to a quarterly report on hospital utilization and financial performance from the United Hospital Fund. Ambulatory care and slowdowns in major epidemics such as AIDS and substance abuse contributed to reduced occupancy in the 1990s. New surgical technologies partly account for the rebound. The procedures with most rapid increase in popularity in New York are coronary angioplasty, joint replacement, spinal fusion and gastric bypass surgery for obesity. During the 1990s, the inpatient census in New York City hospitals fell by a larger percentage than the national average -- 28% compared with 14% nationally -- because the city had slower overall population growth than the rest of the nation and saw a decline in its elderly population. -- by Cinda Becker
Inpatient utilization on rebound in N.Y.C.
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