Hospital costs by diagnosis in the US, 1997-2010

Hospital costs by diagnosis in the US, 1997-2010

Aggregate inflation-adjusted hospital costs across all conditions increased 62 percent from $232.3 billion in 1997 to $375.9 billion in 2010.

Conditions with high aggregate cost increases (greater than 5 percent annually) were osteoarthritis; complications of devices, implants, and grafts; disc disorders and other back problems; respiratory failure; cardiac dysrhythmias; an abnormal cardiac rhythm(Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, 2007); complications of surgical or medical care; and intracranial injury.

Cardiac dysrhythmias 5.2%, growth in cost per stay, 3.0%, growth in stays per population, 1.3%, growth in population, 1.0%,

Principal CCS diagnosis Aggregate inflation-adjusted hospital costs in billions (2010 dollars) Mean cost per stay, inflation-adjusted (2010 dollars) Average annual percentage change in aggregate costs
1997 2010 1997 2010 1997-2010
All diagnoses $232.3 $375.9 $6,700 $9,700 3.8%
Cardiac dysrhythmias $3.8 $7.3 $6,600 $9,500 5.2%

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Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2010, Anne Pfuntner, Lauren M. Wier, M.P.H., and Claudia Steiner, M.D., M.P.H.

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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