Paying for Health Care

Who pays for care in hospitals? Does it cover the cost of caring for patients? Find out here.

This page includes data that compares the cost of providing care versus what Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance plans pay hospitals.

Additional data points provide insight into the age of hospital infrastructure, cost of borrowing money and changes in labor costs.

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The following is an explanation of hospital charges, payment and costs.