Average cost per inpatient admission tops $22K

The U.S. had higher healthcare costs than other countries for inpatient and outpatient services in 2016, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The average outpatient visit in the U.S. cost $478 in 2016, and the average inpatient admission cost $22,543, according to the study published in The Lancet Public Health.

"Both of these dollar amounts underscore a common understanding in the health profession: The U.S. exceeds every other nation in total healthcare costs," the IHME said in a press release.

The findings were part of a larger study on funding and services needed for universal health coverage in every country.

Access the full study here.

Access more information about the methodology used for the study here.

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