Silver Book Fact

In 2003, more than 13.2 million people age 65 and older were discharged from short stay hospitals. This is a rate of 3,679 for every 10,000 people age 65 and older– more than 3 times the comparable rate for people of all ages (which was 1,195 per 10,000).

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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