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This issue of Review of Applied Urban Research features "Hospital Facilities in Modcontinent Metropolitan Areas."

As the costs of medical care continue to rise, c1t1zens demand the best possible hospital facilities even while demanding the most economical hospital management. To determine the extent to which hospital facilities have kept pace with needs and to comp;Jre facilities in Midcontinent metropolitan areas with national averages, three factors will be considered: a) the relation between an area's hospital facilities and its population, b) the occupancy rate of an area's hospital facilities and c) changes in these factors between 1971 and 1975. Selected indicators relating to hospital facilities in 22 Midcontinent metropolitan areas are presented in Table 1.