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Distribution of hospitals across bed size quartiles was roughly even, with slightly more hospitals appearing in the two largest quartiles (26.7 percent and 25.9 percent for quartiles 3 and 4 respectively).
Over the 3-year period during which the first 2 studies were conducted in hospitals of all bed sizes, the C:T ratios diminished from 2.46 to 1.99.
That is possibly explained by Table 6, which shows no significant statistical correlation between bed size and education level at P = 0.05 level.
While there is a significant increase in the number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) per bed between a 100-bed hospital (1.8 FTEs/bed) and a 400-bed hospital (3.4 FTEs/bed), the number begins to level off at this point, and no further significant diseconomies occur as bed size goes up.
However, this difference is apparently a function of the difference in mean bed size for urban and rural areas.
By bed size (tables 2-7) hospitals with 0-99 beds were for the most part in suburban/rural locales.
This is true whether the measure of bed size or of operating revenue is used.
For all bed size categories and for all departmental specialties, the range in compensation was extreme, from a few thousand dollars annually to more than $200,000.