The annual hospital report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, published in this issue of The Journal, reveals again a continued increase in the volume of hospital service in the United States. In 1950 the total number of patients admitted in the hospitals registered by the American Medical Association was 17,023,513, an increase of 363,540 over the previous year. Gains were made in both the governmental and nongovernmental divisions but were more pronounced in the latter group, which reported a net increase of 304,955 compared with 58,585 in the governmental hospitals. It is further shown that the nongovernmental hospitals received 12,706,143, or nearly 75 per cent of all patients admitted, whereas the governmental institutions had 4,317,370, or 25 per cent. None of these figures include hospital births, which numbered 2,815,806, compared with the all-time record of 2,837,139 in 1947.
The general hospitals offer the greatest volume of service,