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AHRQ Stats: Most Expensive Medical Conditions

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A new Statistical Brief presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on costs of hospital inpatient stays in the United States using the 2017 National Inpatient Sample (NIS). The brief describes the distribution of costs by primary expected payer and illustrates the conditions accounting for the largest percentage of each payer’s hospital costs.

The five most expensive medical conditions requiring hospitalization in 2017 were septicemia, osteoarthritis, live birth, heart attack and heart failure. These conditions accounted for about one-quarter of the $434 billion in total hospitalization costs that year.

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