Mean hospital costs in 2012 were highest for surgical stays ($21,200)—2.5 times the mean costs for medical stays ($8,500) and nearly five times the mean costs for maternal and neonatal stays ($4,300).
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Statistical Brief #181, Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2012. Brian Moore, Ph.D., Katharine Levit, B.A., and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Published October 2014
Date Accessed: Nov. 20, 2014