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Table 1 Summary of changes in number of discharges and ALoS, 2008–2015, by ward

From: The 2010 expansion of activity-based hospital payment in Israel: an evaluation of effects at the ward level

  Procedural non-participant Procedural participant General surgery Orthopedics Urology Ophthalmology Head and neck surgery
Discharges 2008 148,077 228,403 97,822 52,711 30,190 18,590 29,090
2015 166,478 243,681 106,219 58,799 34,563 15,219 28,881
change 18,401 15,278 8397 6088 4373 − 3371 − 209
% change 12% 7% 9% 12% 14% −18% −1%
ALoS 2008 4.30 3.82 3.85 5.25 4.06 2.78 3.02
2015 4.26 3.59 3.59 5.39 3.49 2.72 2.53
change −0.04 −0.24 −0.26 0.14 −0.57 −0.06 −0.48
% change −1% −6% −7% 3% −14% −2% −16%
  1. Notes: ALoS = average length of stay, ALoS are weighted by ward size. Reform participant (treatment) wards consist of general surgery, urology, ophthalmology, head and neck surgery. Non-participant (control group) include pediatric surgery, cardiovascular surgery, vascular surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery wards
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