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AHRQ Stats: Pediatric Hospital Costs for Childbirth

In 2016, pediatric hospitalization costs averaged about $8,900 for a complicated birth and $1,200 for an uncomplicated birth. Meanwhile, the cost of a pediatric hospital stay (excluding births) averaged $13,400.

In 2016, the average cost for stays for complicated births was higher for stays with an expected payer of Medicaid than of private insurance ($9,700 vs. $8,300 per stay). In contrast, the average cost for stays for pediatric nonbirths was lower for stays with an expected payer of Medicaid than of private insurance ($12,600 vs. $14,200 per stay). The average cost for stays for uncomplicated births was similar across expected payers.

Data is from the 2016 Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), which is the only nationwide database specifically developed to study hospitalizations among the pediatric population.

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