Hospitals charge an average of
$34,000 to $68,000 for the 10 most expensive conditions in inpatients,
exclusive of physician and other professional fees, rehabilitation costs or
expenses for follow-up and home health services, according to the U.S. Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The national statistics show what
community hospitals charged, on average, in 1997, not what they were paid.
Four of the top 10 most expensive conditions treated in hospitals are
related to the care of infants with complications; two stem from trauma and
three involve the circulatory system. Leukemia and central nervous system
infections are also in the top ten.
To download a reproducible chart of conditions with the highest mean
charges and corresponding mean lengths of stay, select
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2000/hospchart1.pdf . The chart is based on
data from Hospitalization in the United States, 1997.
http://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/factbk1/ for the online edition of this fact