Interstudy Publications has released market-by-market comparisons of provider benchmark data, such as inpatient days and physicians per thousand. When it comes to hospitalization, patients in cities have long spent less time in hospital beds than those in smaller markets. New data suggest this is still true for Medicare and Medicaid members — but where commercial plans are concerned, the mean days-per-thousand figure was lowest in small markets.

Mean inpatient days per thousand in general population
National ratios (all markets, per 1,000 population)
Primary care physicians 0.25
Specialists 1.54
Hospital beds 3.40

SOURCE: REGIONAL MARKET ANALYSIS 10.1, INTERSTUDY PUBLICATIONS, ST. PAUL, MINN., 2000