Fast Stats - October 2020

Sept. 28, 2020


was the increase in healthcare spending in the United States between 2016 and 2017 to $3.5 trillion, or $10,739 per person, and accounted for 17.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


of nearly all healthcare expenditures were for hospital spending, which rose 4.7 percent to $1.1 trillion during the same time period.

35 million+

hospital stays, equating to 104.2 stays per 100,000 population, occurred in 2016.


was the average cost per hospital stay, making hospitalization one of the most expensive types of healthcare utilization.


was documented for stays among patients with an expected payer of Medicare, compared to $9,300 to $12,600 for other expected payers.


of all hospital costs was accounted for government payers (Medicare and Medicaid combined) in 2017.

$38.2 billion

or 8.8 percent of aggregate costs for all hospital stays in 2017 was for septicemia, the most expensive condition treated.

$19.9 billion

or 4.6 percent of hospital stays was for osteoarthritis, $16.0 billion or 3.7 percent was for liveborn (newborn) infants, $14.3 billion or 3.3 percent was for acute myocardial infarction, and $13.6 billion or 3.1 percent was for heart failure.

Internet Citation: HCUP Home. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). September 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.