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Hosptial Utilization and Cost 10 Years Later

Editor’s note: This data appears to be reflective of the price increase component of hospital health care delivery as length of stay decreased and discharges increased only modestly, while charges more than doubled. However, one has to be cautious as this reflects  billed charges, not paid claims.  

Length of Stay and Hospital Charges for All Discharges, 1997 &  2007


  All Discharges 1997

All Discharges 2007

Total number of discharges 34,678,703 39,541,948
Length of Stay (LOS) (mean) 4.8 days 4.6 days
Hospital Charges (mean) $11,281 $26,120



Length of stay is the number of nights the patient remained in the hospital for this stay.

Hospital charges is the amount the hospital charged for the entire hospital stay. It does not include professional (MD) fees.


Source: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) .


September 30, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare | , ,

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