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Repeated Hospitalization for the Same Disease: A Multiplier of National Health Costs

Christopher J. Zook, Sheila Flanigan Savickis and Francis D. Moore
The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly. Health and Society
Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer, 1980), pp. 454-471
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349734
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349734
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Repeated Hospitalization for the Same Disease: A Multiplier of National Health Costs
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Abstract

In five typical hospitals, and a specialized treatment center, more than half of all patients-and 60 percent of all costs-were attributable to repeated admissions for the same disease. The fiscal and clinical nature of repeated hospitalization suggests changes for national health policy. These will require more sensitive identification of patients "at risk" of recidivism, and insurance mechanisms that relate more rationally and equitably to long-term needs.

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