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Why The U.S. Is Facing A Hospital Bed Shortage

PUBLISHED: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:40:38 GMT

Healthcare in the U.S. is big business and hospitals operate at or near full capacity to maximize revenue. Over the past 50 years, the U.S. has seen a massive drop in the number of beds, from 1.5 million hospital beds in 1975 to 924,107 beds in 2018 – a 37% decrease. But what happens when a pandemic strikes? Will the U.S. run out of hospital beds?

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