Hospital Discharge Trends
Three types of health problems (respiratory diseases, digestive diseases, and injury) accounted for 44 percent of hospital discharges among children aged 1–14 years in 2005. Since 1985, overall hospital discharge rates for children in this age group declined by 37 percent, which is reflected in decreases in discharge rates for each of those three categories.
Between 1990 and 2005, hospital discharge rates for diseases of the respiratory system declined 23.1 percent for children aged 1–14 years; from 91 hospital discharges per 10,000 children in 1990 to a new low of 70 per 10,000 children in 2005. During this period, the rate of discharges due to injury also declined, from 38 to 26 per 10,000 children, or 31.6 percent. Similarly, the hospital discharge rate among children for diseases of the digestive system dropped 16.2 percent.