Top 10 Most Expensive Conditions by Hospital Costs

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Here is a list of the 10 most expensive medical conditions treated in U.S. hospitals by average hospital costs, with average hospital charges, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2007 national statistics.

Condition Average costs Average charges
1. Infant respiratory distress syndrome
$45,542 $138,224
2. Premature birth and low birth weight $44,490
$119,389
3. Spinal cord injury  
$41,527
$126,060
4. Leukemia $40,826 
$114,488
5. Heart valve disorders  
$36,836 
$116,751
6. Cardiac and circulatory birth defects $35,960 $101,412
7. Hodgkin's disease $29,743
$82,435
8. Polio and other brain or spinal infections $29,020 
$87,702
9. Intrauterine hypoxia or birth asphyxia $27,962 $74,942
10. Aneurysm  
$27,001 
$83,897

Source: AHRQ HCUPnet.

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