Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2012 #181
AHRQ Stats: Government Insurance
Government payers covered 62 percent of the $378 billion aggregate cost of U.S. hospital stays in 2012. Medicare paid 46 percent, and Medicaid paid 16 percent. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #181:Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2012
Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2012
Brian Moore, Ph.D., Katharine Levit, B.A., and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D.
- Of the $377.5 billion aggregate hospital inpatient costs in 2012, 46 percent was for Medicare-covered stays and 16 percent was for Medicaid-covered stays. Thus, patients covered by government payers accounted for at least 62 percent of all hospital costs.
- More than half of Medicare-covered and uninsured stays were medical (55 percent and 54 percent, respectively). More than half of stays covered by private insurance were surgical (52 percent).
- Maternal and neonatal stays constituted 27 percent of costs for Medicaid, 15 percent of costs for private insurers, and 4 percent of costs for uninsured patients.
- Mean hospital costs in 2012 were highest for surgical stays ($21,200)—2.5 times the mean costs for medical stays ($8,500) and nearly five times the mean costs for maternal and neonatal stays ($4,300).
- Patients aged 45-64 and 65-84 years had the highest mean hospital costs in 2012 ($12,900 and $13,000, respectively), but patients under age 18 had the highest growth in mean costs between 2008 and 2012 (more than 6 percent annually).
- Among payers of hospital stays, Medicare had the highest mean hospital costs in 2012 ($12,200), but between 2008 and 2012 mean Medicare costs grew at the lowest annual rate (0.9 percent).
- Average annual growth in aggregate hospital costs slowed from 5.2 percent in the 2003-2008 time period to 2.1 percent in the 2008-2012 time period.
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