Medicine: Hospital Costs Up

Since World War II, mounting expenses have kept hospital administrators awake nights. This week in Hospitals, monthly journal of the American Hospital Association, the University of Chicago Clinics' Dr. Ray E. Brown explains how much, and why, the bills for hospitalization have grown in nine years. Some facts and figures:

¶ Forced as never before to compete with industry for technicians and unskilled labor, the nation's top general hospitals have more than doubled wages, cut four hours off the work week (to 40 hours). While industry is cutting manpower needs per job with automation, new medical techniques have increased the need for...

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