Hospitals and health systems are where the most complex care is provided for ill and injured patients. Yet, spending on inpatient and outpatient care has slowed; in fact, Medicare spending growth for hospital services is at its lowest level in 17 years. This data brief looks at trends in health care and hospital spending growth and associated inputs that impact the cost of caring.
In 2015, America’s hospitals treated 142 million people in their emergency departments, provided 581 million outpatient visits, performed almost 27
This page includes data that compares the cost of providing care versus what Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance plans pay hospitals.
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The economic contribution of hospitals is also felt throughout the economy hospital spending supported one in nine U.S.