Medicare's hospital bill for the inpatient care of its beneficiaries totaled roughly $327
billion in 2003, according to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and
The following 10 conditions accounted for 41 percent of the total amount charged
atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)—$24 billion.
- Congestive heart
- Complication of
device, implant or graft—$12 billion.
- Irregular heart
are the amounts that hospitals charged for the entire stays of Medicare
patients. The amounts do not include physician fees and charges do not
necessarily reflect what hospitals were reimbursed.
Medicare''''s Hospital Bill. AHRQ News and Numbers, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/nn111605.htm