Inpatients with AIDS and AIDS-Related Complex: Economic Impact on Hospitals in North Carolina
To determine the economic impact of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related complex (ARC) cases on North Carolina hospitals, we collected inpatient data from all North Carolina hospitals on charges and number of patients discharged with these diagnoses. More than 97% of the state's hospitals responded to the survey for the study year (1987-1988). There were 540 AIDS/ARC discharges from 58 North Carolina general hospitals and 125 AIDS/ARC discharges from 13 other types of hospitals, for a statewide total of 665 patients. The total general hospital charges for AIDS/ARC inpatients in North Carolina were approximately $7.7 million per year, and almost $2 million of these charges were uncompensated by any insurance. The greatest burden of cost for this care was borne disproportionately by 15 of the 58 general hospitals, accounting for 82% of the discharges
Campbell, L. S., Stein, J., Fondren, LK., Kory, WP., Savitz, L., Kilpatrick, KE., ... Roye, WE. (1991). Inpatients with AIDS and AIDS-Related Complex: Economic Impact on Hospitals in North Carolina. Southern Medical Journal, 84(1), 22-26.