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.)
Brian Moore, Ph.D., Katharine Levit, B.A., and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D.