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HCUP Facts and Figures
Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

INTRODUCTION

HCUP PARTNERS

1. OVERVIEW

2. DIAGNOSES

3. PROCEDURES

4. COSTS

5. WOMEN'S HEALTH

SOURCES/METHODS

DEFINITIONS

FOR MORE INFO

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

CITATION

FACTS & FIGURES 2009 PDF
EXHIBIT 4.3 Cost by Age (PDF)

4.3a

Distribution of aggregate costs by age, 2009. Column chart. Percent distribution. Less than 1: 5%; 1 to 17: 3%; 18 to 44: 18%; 45 to 64: 31%; 65 to 84: 35%; 85 and over: 8%. Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2009.

In 2009, the aggregate cost for all hospital stays was $361.5 billion.

  • Non-elderly adult stays accounted for 49 percent of the aggregate cost of all inpatient stays and stays for patients 65 and older accounted for 43 percent of all inpatient costs.
  • Stays among patients 45-64 and 65-84 years accounted for larger shares of aggregate costs (31 and 35 percent, respectively) relative to other age groups.

 

4.3b

Average cost per stay by age, 2009. Bar chart. Average cost. All ages, all stays: $9,200. Less than 1: $3,700; 1 to 17: $7,400; 18 to 44: $6,700; 45 to 64: $11,600; 65 to 84: $11,900; 85 and over: $9,400. Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2009.
  • Stays for patients under one year of age cost $3,700 on average. The overwhelming majority of these stays were for liveborn infants.
  • On average, the costs per stay for all patients 1-17 years ($7,400) was less than the average cost per stay across all age groups ($9,200).
  • The average cost of a stay for patients 18-44 years was $6,700.
  • The average cost per stay for patients 45-64 years and 65-84 years was similar—$11,600 and $11,900, respectively— and was greater than the cost per stay across all age groups ($9,200).
  • The average cost per stay for patients 85 years and over was $9,400.

 

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Internet Citation: Facts and Figures 2009. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). November 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/exhibit4_3.jsp.
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