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How Hospital Costs Are Distributed by Payer Type

For fiscal year 2011, hospital costs were distributed among payers this way:

  • Medicare: 39.3%
  • Private payer: 34.6%
  • Medicaid: 16.3%
  • Uncompensated care: 5.9%
  • Non-patient [cafeterias, parking lots, gift shops & other non-patient care services]: 2.1%
  • Other government: 1.8%

The private payer share has declined from 41.8% in 1980.

Source: Chart 4.5: Distribution of hospital cost by payer type, 1980, 2000, and 2011. In: Trendwatch Chartbook 2013. American Hospital Association, Feb. 26, 2013. http://www.aha.org/research/reports/tw/chartbook/2013/chart4-5.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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