Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Odds of Going to the Hospital

What are the odds that you will need serious medical care?

By "serious medical care", most people will automatically think of a situation where they might need to be admitted to a hospital to receive care for an unforeseen condition, so that's the standard we'll use to answer that question.

Beyond that, we'll break the information down by age and sex, simply because we can see these being major factors that might affect how likely a person will need hospital care.

It turns out to be a really difficult question to answer, because the U.S., which is where we first sought to get hospital utilization data, tracks hospital discharges - not admissions. The problem with that is that the number of admissions won't necessarily track with the number of discharges, as patients die or perhaps otherwise leave the hospital before being officially discharged.

So we turned elsewhere to answer the question, and specifically to the island nation of Singapore, whose Ministry of Health makes the data not only easy to find, but presents it in a way that helps us answer our specific questions. Our first chart below illustrates the 2011 hospital admission rates by age group and sex per each 1,000 members of Singapore's resident population:

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

  1. No one has been able to answer the following simple question.(my state insurance commissioner nor the big three insurance companies operating in my state).
    If a person was willing to pay the O-care extortion/vig/fee/fine/penalty/or whatever John Roberts called it,..........Could that same person then purchase a sensible pre-obamacare-priced product .?
    Is it AGAINST Federal or State law to sell an idividually-taylored policy(regardless of compliance) or is it by Insurance Company choice?
    No one will answer.