Costly Stays

November 2006
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Nov2006, Vol. 80 Issue 11, p14
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The article reveals that hospitals billed insurers, public and private, nearly $800 billion in total charges in 2004, making them the most expensive part of the health care system. Roughly one-third of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S. was for an inpatient stay. Medicare bore the brunt of the charges, accounting for 46 percent of payments.


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