HealthLeaders magazine, February 13, 2012
Females accounted for nearly six in 10 hospital stays, according to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data for 2009. Females and males have similar hospital stays and costs, however, if childbirth is set aside. Males accounted for 42% of all hospital stays and 47% of the cost of all stays. Females accounted for 46% of nonmaternal hospitalizations and 48% of the cost. Female hospitalizations for pregnancy and childbirth accounted for 12% of hospitalizations but just 5% of the costs.