A Wall Street Journal article considered how lengthy hospital stays impact the need for expansions, which require more doctors and nurses and more technology to monitor patients and protect staff. This also puts a significant strain on the budgets of public and private health insurers and households
“Critical care is one of the most costly services a hospital provides,” said Shannon Carson, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine. “It’s a huge problem at the family level but a pretty substantial cost element for the health-care system also.”
Find the article here.