Health service areas for the United States

Vital Health Stat 2. 1991 Nov;(112):1-102.


The objectives of this report are to document methods used to identify health service areas for the United States and to describe and evaluate these areas. A health service area is defined as one or more counties that are relatively self-contained with respect to the provision of routine hospital care. Service areas that include more than one county are characterized by travel between the counties for routine hospital care.

MeSH terms

  • Catchment Area, Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Geography
  • Hospitals / supply & distribution
  • Small-Area Analysis
  • Travel
  • United States