Roemer’s Law in Michigan

Michigan Hospital DataLeah steered me to a terrific post by Andis Robeznieks on some new evidence on Roemer’s Law, the proposition by Milt Roemer that hospital beds create their own demand.

Robeznieks cites a new study by geographers at Michigan State published in PLOS One reporting that, indeed, “variations in hospitalization rates have origins in the availability of hospital beds.”  The study uses Michigan data.

Robeznieks quotes a 1959 article by Milt Roemer and Max Shain:

“We shall have to decide what proportion of our resources is to be devoted to hospital and medical care, in competition with the demands for aircraft carriers and rockets, schools and roads, houses and automobiles, cigarettes and television,” Roemer and Shain wrote. “This is the kind of decision that calls for the concerted attention of all elements of our society; far more than doctors and hospital administrators are concerned.”

 

Advertisements

0 Responses to “Roemer’s Law in Michigan”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: