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Use of acute hospital beds does not increase as the population ages: results from a seven year cohort study in Germany
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    Supply inducement and mortality rates - bias and confounding

    Dear Editor

    The Authors draw conclusion that the use of acute hospital beds does not increase as the population ages, which is a result from a seven year cohort study in Germany. The problem is however that there are supply related factors, which can strongly affect the results. It is known that there are substitutions between different forms of care.[1] The days spent in hospitals and the mortality rates, in part...

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