Top 20 Most Expensive Hospital Procedures

Written by: PeopleKeep Team
Originally published on November 4, 2013. Last updated July 8, 2015.

Health care costs continue to grow faster than the economy, and the health share of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has maintained its upward trend, reaching 17.9% in 2011. This is according to a recent statistical brief by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The August 2013 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) looked at, among other statistics, the cost of hospital procedures. Hospital costs are often central with the debate on healthcare costs because they constitute the largest single component of health care spending. In 2011, the aggregate cost for nearly 39 million hospital stays totaled $387 billion. Top 20 Most Expensive Hospital Procedures 2011

Here’s AHRQ's list of top 20 most expensive hospital procedures in 2011:

  1. Septicemia (except in labor), $20.3 billion

  2. Osteoarthritis, $14.8 billion

  3. Complication of device, implant or graft, $12.9 billion

  4. Liveborn (general childbirth), $12.4 billion

  5. Heart attack, $11.5 billion

  6. Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems, $11.2 billion

  7. Pneumonia (except caused by tuberculosis and STDs), $10.6 billion

  8. Congestive heart failure, $10.5 billion

  9. Coronary atherosclerosis, $10.4 billion

  10. Adult respiratory failure, $8.7 billion

  11. Acute cerebrovascular disease, $8.4 billion

  12. Cardiac dysrhythmias, $7.6 billion

  13. Complications of surgical procedures or medical care, $6.9 billion

  14. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiectasis, $5.7 billion

  15. Rehab care, fitting of prostheses and adjustment of devices, $5.5 billion

  16. Diabetes mellitus with complications, $5.4 billion

  17. Biliary tract disease, $5.1 billion

  18. Hip fractures, $4.9 billion

  19. Mood disorders, $4.8 billion

  20. Acute and unspecified renal failure, $4.7 billion

most expensive hospital stay 2011

The statistical brief also details out the top 20 most expensive hospital procedures by type of payer including billed to Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the uninsured.

Click here to read AHRQ's full report of hospital costs in 2011.

Do any of the top most expensive hospital procedures surprise you? Leave a comment below.

  Individual Health Insurance Facts and Figures 2013

Originally published on November 4, 2013. Last updated July 8, 2015.


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