Patients’ out-of-pocket costs for inpatient services increased by 14% on average between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from TransUnion Healthcare, writes Modern Healthcare. Revenue-cycle management provider TransUnion tracks patients’ out-of-pocket costs annually across its roughly 1,800 hospital and health system clients.
Last year, patients who received inpatient care saw the biggest hikes in their out-of-pocket costs. Patients’ deductibles and co-pays averaged $4,659 for an inpatient visit in 2018, compared with $4,086 in 2017. Patients’ out-of-pocket costs averaged $1,109 for an outpatient visit in 2018, up 12% compared with $990 in 2017. In 2018, the average out-of-pocket bill for a trip to the emergency room was $617, up 7% from $577 in 2017, TransUnion found.