11 Statistics on Average Hospital Costs Per Stay

In 2011, hospital stays cost a cumulative $387.3 billion, which averages out to about $10,000 per stay, according to a new statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has issued several reports breaking down the costs and finances of the country's healthcare system. The most recent brief breaks down costs for U.S. hospital stays in 2011.

Here are 11 statistics on average hospital costs per stay in 2011, based on the AHRQ and HCUP statistical brief.

Mean hospital cost per stay by age
85 or older: $9,900
65 to 84: $12,600
45 to 64: $12,500
18 to 44: $7,400
1 to 17: $8,400
Younger than 1: $4,500

Mean hospital cost per stay by payer
Medicare: $11,900
Medicaid: $8,000
Private insurance: $9,200
Uninsured: $8,300
Other: $10,700

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