GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 15 Dec 2018, 09:14

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel
Events & Promotions in December
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
Open Detailed Calendar
  • $450 Tuition Credit & Official CAT Packs FREE

     December 15, 2018

     December 15, 2018

     10:00 PM PST

     11:00 PM PST

    Get the complete Official GMAT Exam Pack collection worth $100 with the 3 Month Pack ($299)
  • FREE Quant Workshop by e-GMAT!

     December 16, 2018

     December 16, 2018

     07:00 AM PST

     09:00 AM PST

    Get personalized insights on how to achieve your Target Quant Score.

Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Senior SC Moderator
User avatar
V
Joined: 14 Nov 2016
Posts: 1324
Location: Malaysia
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 28 Feb 2017, 18:41
3
12
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  45% (medium)

Question Stats:

69% (01:38) correct 31% (01:56) wrong based on 462 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment in the United States has declined from 4 per 1,000 population to 1.3 per 1,000 population. Over the same period in Japan, beds increased from 1 per 1,000 population to 2.9 per 1,000 population. Also during this period, annual mortality rates for persons with mental disorders have risen substantially in the United States, while declining in Japan.

To support a conclusion that the reduction in hospital beds is principally responsible for the increase in mortality in the United States, it would be important to establish which of the following?

(A) Whether the number hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment has risen or declined in countries demographically similar to the United States.
(B) The number of hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment in the United States prior to the three-decade period under discussion.
(C) Whether other factors, such as a decreased occurrence of mental disorders, may have led to the decline in mortality in Japan.
(D) Whether mental health care is more comprehensive in the United States or in Japan.
(E) Whether other factors in the United States may have led to increased mortal­ity for persons with mental disorders

Source : Manhattan GMAT Foundations of Verbal, 5th Edition

_________________

"Be challenged at EVERY MOMENT."

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

"Each stage of the journey is crucial to attaining new heights of knowledge."

Rules for posting in verbal forum | Please DO NOT post short answer in your post!

Advanced Search : https://gmatclub.com/forum/advanced-search/

Magoosh GMAT Instructor
User avatar
G
Joined: 28 Dec 2011
Posts: 4489
Re: Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Mar 2017, 17:04
3
1
ziyuen wrote:
Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment in the United States has declined from 4 per 1,000 population to 1.3 per 1,000 population. Over the same period in Japan, beds increased from 1 per 1,000 population to 2.9 per 1,000 population. Also during this period, annual mortality rates for persons with mental disorders have risen substantially in the United States, while declining in Japan.

To support a conclusion that the reduction in hospital beds is principally responsible for the increase in mortality in the United States, it would be important to establish which of the following?

(A) Whether the number hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment has risen or declined in countries demographically similar to the United States.
(B) The number of hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment in the United States prior to the three-decade period under discussion.
(C) Whether other factors, such as a decreased occurrence of mental disorders, may have led to the decline in mortality in Japan.
(D) Whether mental health care is more comprehensive in the United States or in Japan.
(E) Whether other factors in the United States may have led to increased mortal­ity for persons with mental disorders

Dear ziyuen,

I'm happy to respond. :-) This is another fantastic MGMAT question!

We want to explain the rise in "annual mortality rates for persons with mental disorders" in the US. Certainly the way the prompt is phrased suggest that decreasing the number of bed might be one factor. (I certainly suspect this is the case in the real world, and much to blame on various politicians, but that's besides the point.)

In this question, we have to figure out: what do we need to know to explain this increased mortality rate in the US? To some extent, Japan is simply a distraction in this question. It's relevant to know that there are post-industrial nations in which this mortality rate has declined while it has risen in the US, but the rise in the US is what we need to explain.

(A) Whether the number hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment has risen or declined in countries demographically similar to the United States.
Only weakly helpful. It would be suggestive, by analogy, but it would not establish anything conclusively. This is incorrect.

(B) The number of hospital beds available for inpatient psychiatric treatment in the United States prior to the three-decade period under discussion.
Vaguely relevant, but not conclusive for the current rise. This is incorrect.

(C) Whether other factors, such as a decreased occurrence of mental disorders, may have led to the decline in mortality in Japan.
This also would be suggestive. We need to know what explains the rise in the US. This is incorrect.

(D) Whether mental health care is more comprehensive in the United States or in Japan.
Vague, not conclusive. This is incorrect.

(E) Whether other factors in the United States may have led to increased mortal­ity for persons with mental disorders
Bingo! Something focused very specifically on what has lead to the increased mortality rate in the US. This is it!

OA = (E)

This is a truly superb question, because it has one clearly right answer and four tempting distractors as wrong answers. Hats off to MGMAT for this one!

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
_________________

Mike McGarry
Magoosh Test Prep


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. — William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939)

SVP
SVP
avatar
P
Joined: 12 Dec 2016
Posts: 1645
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V33
GPA: 3.64
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
Re: Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 19 Jul 2017, 00:34
"support a conclusion..." seems to determine that the question type is a strengthen question; nevertheless, it turns out that this is a mix question- assumption and strengthen question.
Lesson: question type can be identified by options.
Non-Human User
User avatar
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 3518
Premium Member
Re: Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Nov 2018, 17:00
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________

-
April 2018: New Forum dedicated to Verbal Strategies, Guides, and Resources

GMAT Club Bot
Re: Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for &nbs [#permalink] 26 Nov 2018, 17:00
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Over the past three decades, the number of hospital beds available for

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


Copyright

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.