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Old April 4th, 2012
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Default 2012-02-01 AHRQ - Circumcisions Performed in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2009


* There were an estimated 1.2 million circumcisions performed in U.S. hospitals in 2009.

* Between 1993 and 1999, the rate of male newborn circumcisions increased by 13 percent, from 55.3 to 62.7 percent of male newborn hospital stays. However, between 1999 and 2004, the rate of male newborn circumcisions decreased by 12 percent, from 62.7 to 54.9 percent of male newborn hospital stays. From 2004 to 2009, the rate of male newborn circumcisions remained relatively stable in the range of 55 to 56 percent of male newborns in the hospital.

* The average length of a hospital stay during which circumcision was performed was 3.2 days in 2009, which was similar to 2005. This compares to an average length of a hospital stay of 3.8 for male newborn stays without circumcision in 2009.

* The lowest rate of male newborn circumcisions in 2009 occurred in the West (24.6 percent in 2009) compared to 75.2 percent in the Midwest, 67.0 percent in the Northeast, and 55.7 percent in the South.

* Circumcision rates were higher in the top income quartiles. In 2005, the circumcision rate for the highest income areas (66.1 percent) was 38 percent higher than the lowest income areas (47.8 percent). However, in 2009, the circumcision rate was only 17 percent higher in the highest income areas compared to the lowest (60.4 percent compared to 51.5 percent).

* Circumcision rates were lowest in large central metropolitan areas (41.2 percent). The highest rate was in rural areas (66.9 percent).

* Among privately insured male newborns, 66.6 percent received a circumcision in 2009. This was 55 percent higher than for male newborns covered by Medicaid (42.9 percent received a circumcision) and 67 higher than for uninsured male newborns (39.8 percent received a circumcision). There were no significant changes since 2005.
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