OBJECTIVES: We describe hospitalization rates among Medicare beneficiaries resident in Puerto Rico compared to beneficiaries in the mainland U.S., in 1999. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis using Medicare Denominator and hospitalization files. RESULTS: The rate ratio (PR/U.S.) of age, gender-adjusted hospitalizations among elderly Medicare beneficiaries with Part A coverage was 0.78, compared with 0.92 among beneficiaries with both Part A and Part B coverage. Among the latter, the rate ratios were 0.78 for surgical admissions, 1.08 for low-variation medical conditions, and 0.97 for high variation medical conditions. They were higher for younger elderly beneficiaries. CONCLUSIONS: Rates of hospitalization in Puerto Rico may be lower, the same or exceed those of the mainland U.S. depending on the age of the beneficiary and the type of hospitalization.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Puerto Rico health sciences journal|
|State||Published - Jun 2003|