Average Hospital Cost By State

Average hospital charges vary widely across the country, with many treatments costing far more in some regions than others. In addition, health costs also differ greatly among hospitals within the same region.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published data on average hospital charges for the 100 most common diagnosis and treatments for every hospital in the country treating Medicare patients.

Governing compiled average hospital costs for various treatments, ranking states by cost. The following states were found to have the highest average aggregate rankings, indicating the most expensive medical costs:

1. California
2. New Jersey
3. Nevada
4. Florida
5. Pennsylvania
6. Texas
7. Alaska
8. Colorado
9. Arizona
10. South Carolina

Select a procedure type in the menu below to view average provider charges and total hospital discharges by state for fiscal year 2011. Please note that listed medical charges are not the same as what patients actually pay for a service.

Source: CMS Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) inpatient data, FY 2011
Related Readings shows the average local cost for many common diagnoses and medical tests in most states. That’s the real cost — not “charges” that often get marked down — based on a giant database of what insurance companies pay.

The sticker price for the 100 most common treatments and procedures for Medicare inpatients in 2011 varied dramatically among hospitals across the country, and even across towns.

Most states aren't providing health care price information in an accessible way, despite the existence of disclosure laws in many states.